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  • I posted a pointer to this on some forum today but I can't remember which... Anyway, I totally agree with you, and EVEN SCARIER than what Dave said is the guy who felt that the database should be storing all data without types, similar to SQLite (about halfway through the thread):

    Actually, I would prefer if all the values entered in the database would be of a single data type — text. This is because, at the end of the day, the data is mostly meant for human consumtion, and we consume it as text.
    Regardless of what fancy data type may be sitting in the database, once it hits your eyes, it is plain text (whether displayed on the screen, or printed on paper). Also, even if it’s supposed not to be consumed by humans, but only by machines, it still gets converted to plain text (typically, XML).
    So I really see no other point in having any type, other than plain string, defined in the database, other than to leverage the power of declarative programming.