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