Friday, 2 March 2007

The Clash of the DB Egos

Would you like to experience a battle between E. F. Codd, C. J. Date, U. M. Widenius, J. A. Starkey and U. M. Ronström? Some of the biggest egos the database world has seen!

Edgar 'Ted' Codd

Well, I cannot promise you all of the above, especially when it comes to Codd, the father of relational databases (1923-2003). Codd's colleague Date might also be a no-show, but I think I can promise you Widenius (MySQL, MyISAM), Starkey (Datatrieve, Interbase, BLOBs, MVCC, Falcon) and Ronström (NDB Cluster). During the Wednesday keynote at the MySQL Conference & Expo 23-26 April 2007 in Santa Clara, I will be provoking a fight about what constitutes a database, what's the right way of doing locking, whether it ever was smart to store BLOBs in a database to begin with, and who ever needs versioning.

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Given how I know said egos, I don't expect it to be hard to throw in a couple of sentences that will fire off a slight disagreement between the gentlemen. And during the course of the discussion, I plan to bring in a few more egos, from Solid and Nitro.

Let the battle begin!

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