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Postgres Project To Go NoSQL

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  • April Fools (Score:2, Informative)

    by Obble (1680532)
    This is another 1st April joke.
    • by ElKry (1544795) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @05:48PM (#31703210)
      Reeeeeeeeeeally?
    • > This is another 1st April joke.

      Thanks. Due to Time Zones and all it nearly got me!

      But yeah: I wonder if NoSQL's success isn't due to people who think SQL is too hard to learn, much like Extreme Programming's success is due to people who want to code but not do the boring test and documentation part.

      • by thsths (31372)

        > Thanks. Due to Time Zones and all it nearly got me!

        It's not just about time zones. Jokes have to be in the morning of the 1st of April, you have to make exactly 1, and they have to be funny. As a slashdot concession, you can just replace some value for funny, I guess, but the other rules stand!

    • by pegdhcp (1158827)
      I hate 1st of April, I was going to have a seizure.... Anyway, I know that SQL is not the best query language around. I mean it is even open to debate if it is a language. But there are two features make it vital; It does the job and, there is a strong installed base, which provides enough programmer work force with experience...
  • Phew... (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01, 2010 @05:49PM (#31703220)

    About damn time!

  • Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Voulnet (1630793) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @05:51PM (#31703232)
    This is a frakkin' great April Fools! Especially the tinfoil guy. Props to you, whoever you are.
  • by KlomDark (6370)

    Maybe they just got their funding cut from their parent company of the week and decided to go all out with everything since they know there won't be a next time. :(

    // I recognise Rob with the guitar playing in that thing we're not supposed to talk about.

  • Granted I know this is an April Fools joke. But...
    "PostgreSQL project is caving in to recent trends" How about the trend of Hand Made file IO that is on the rise too. Or other methods of storing data. The fact is that is a lot of programmers are idiots when programming in SQL and code it the wrong way where it ends up hindering their overall use.

    Sure NoSQL has some advantages over SQL but it has its disadvantages too. It is a tool you can keep in you cap but I don't see why it needs to be replaced.

    • Funny thing is though, PostgreSQL have been meaning to drop the SQL from their name and go back to just Postgre. In every joke there is a little bit of truth.
    • 1) QUEL is a relational query language (in some ways better than SQL and in some ways worse). Moving to QUEL would moving away from SQL without moving away from relational modelling.

      2) Back in the day, Postgres didn't support SQL and only supported a dialect of QUEL called PostQUEL.

      This is one of the best satires of the NoSQL movement I have read to date. If it doesn't give you an eerie retro feeling, you don't have enough background to get the jokes.

  • PostgreWTF, too many breaking news today (not only here), it is becoming difficult to distinguish 'serious' ones.. what's so serious in this world anyway.
    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by tomhudson (43916)

      PostgreWTF, too many breaking news today (not only here), it is becoming difficult to distinguish 'serious' ones..

      You mean like Novell To Buy MySQL From Oracle For $1.1B Cash And Stock [slushdot.com]

      Novell today announced that it will pay Oracle Corp $500 million in cash and $550 million in stock to buy MySQL.

      This is seen as a defensive tactic to fend off the hostile takeover bid from Elliott Associates LP, their third-largest shareholder.. A news release from the company said "This is the best long-term alternative

  • I've finally started using the minus button on stories, and modded most posts of today as "stupid".

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Another PostgreSQL-related one:
    http://andreas.scherbaum.la/blog/archives/657-PostgreSQL-9.0-Includes-the-new-MySQL-Emulation-Layer.html

  • Another one ... (Score:3, Informative)

    by MaoTse (624765) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @06:20PM (#31703344)

    Just one April Fools story should be enough.
    We come here for content, you know ?

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by rubycodez (864176)

      content? No, this is abuse by trolls under sensationalized headlines and duped stories...for content, you want wired.com or geek.com just down the net. stupid git.

      • by Abstrackt (609015)

        content? No, this is abuse by trolls under sensationalized headlines and duped stories...for content, you want wired.com or geek.com just down the net. stupid git.

        Whoops, I thought I was in room 12A!

        • by einhverfr (238914)

          Nah, he was just expressing his dismay with his dcvs and wishing his project would move to bzr ;-) or even svn ;-)

  • "WHAT?!" (Score:3, Insightful)

    by u0berdev (1038434) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @06:26PM (#31703352) Journal
    Man, this got me good. I literally yelled outloud, "WHAT?!" in my office as I read in disgust...
    • I shouldn't admit it, but it had me going for a minute, too. Now I know there is such a thing as QUEL, though.
      • Or is the QUEL entry in Wikipedia an April Fools joke, too?
      • by einhverfr (238914)

        Did you know that at first, Postgres supported QUEL (a dialect they called PostQUEL) instead of SQL?

        Honestly a move to QUEL support wouldn't be so bad. It would mostly be problematic because of the additional learning curve.

        • learning curve?

          That's when you mention QUEL and I don't have the faintest idea what it is.

          But it is nevertheless interesting [wikipedia.org].

          --
          please excuse my ignorance

          • by einhverfr (238914)

            That's when you mention QUEL and I don't have the faintest idea what it is.

            Yep. The NoSQL crowd seems to be unhappy with relational data management. The idea of PostgreSQL going NoSQL by moving back to QUEL is one of the funniest jokes I have seen in a long time. And most people didn't get it because they don't know what QUEL is......

            I have never worked with QUEL but it seems that there are only a few things that need fixing with it to make it a very, very nice (near perfect) relational db interface lang

  • Try to create funny prank news.
  • Come on April 2nd.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Here is the REAL news:

    http://andreas.scherbaum.la/blog/archives/657-PostgreSQL-9.0-Includes-the-new-MySQL-Emulation-Layer.html

  • that this is a joke. In 1987, I graduated Cooper Union, I worked at Citibank in Funds Transfer and I was programming in QUEL on a Commercial Ingres system. Having learned both relational algebra and calculus in school, I was pleased to be able to use the more expressive calculus. Alas, it was not meant to be. Citi started cutting over to Oracle. In then left. A few years (and jobs) later I started working with Sybase. In SQL. It took me weeks to understand how to use the algebra again. We'd go a long way if

  • by kabloom (755503) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @10:19PM (#31704136) Homepage

    The summary here misses the whole joke.

    Way back when, there was a relational database named Postgres that used a query language called QUEL. As SQL caught on, they had to support it, so they replaced the QUEL support with SQL support and renamed the database PostgreSQL. This is the database that we use today.

    The whole joke is that they're going retro.

    (Anyone who actually wants to try out an implementation of QUEL can use Ingres, which is also open source now.)

  • SQL has always sucked.

    It is so good to hear that all major SQL projects are dropping the SQL language.

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