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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Monday September 05, 2005
07:01 PM

Transactions? Who needs transactions?

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Some of you may recall how the MySQL docs used to argue that foreign key constraints were a bad idea and did not belong in the database. They no longer include this embarrassing discussion in their docs ("hey, I got rid of 'strict' and my program worked!") but many of their users still don't get it.

Witness a recent /. discussion and a reply where the poster writes "I've never missed transactions. The one time they would have been nice I was able to catch the exception and delete the incomplete information."

Do I really need to say anything?

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  • But my mouth just kept opening and closing...
  • All this stuff about MySQL, and yet I seem to be the only person that gets pissed off about auto_increment and needs proper sequence support.

    The day that MySQL gets sequences, I'll stop calling it a piece of useless low-end shit. I promise.
  • I agree with you, except about the discussion being recent. That topic and comment were posted to Slashdot in 1999.

    Incidentally, the Slashcode engine does allow you to see the year of a post, it's just not set to by default. When I found out, I was quite pleased, because it can be very confusing not knowing the year of a comment. To do so, look under your Preferences, in the Homepage section. The Date/Time Format setting is near the top.