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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • No, seriously (Score:3, Informative)

    I hear good things about Microsoft's SQL Server. No, really. And it's a small fraction of the price of Oracle.

    --Nat

    • I'm not sure if I should mod this as "Funny" or "Troll" - perhaps "Funny Troll". :-P

      I have this nagging suspicion that MS SQL Server will become the replacement if Oracle goes away. SQL Server has some serious issues. First, it doesn't run on Solaris (does it?), which would mean the company would probably have to buy new hardware. Second, anyone remember Code Red?

      I can't speak for other groups in the company but I can tell you that *our group* won't be using it.

      • SQL Server has plenty of nasty dis-advantages.

        Its JDBC and ODBC drivers are second-rate.
        Its full text searching is frankly rubbish.
        Its error messages are frequently unhelpful.
        It requires a lot of hardware and nursing and coaxing into working.
        Its clustering, backup and synchronisation leave a lot to be desired as well.

        --

        @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
        print reverse @JAPH;
        • How odd. My uncle has been running it in hundreds of customer sites, managing inventory and sales for clothing retailers, and he has nothing but praise for it. As always, I guess, YMMV.

          --Nat

          • Indeed Mileage will vary, just more with some databases than others.

            Bear in mind also - where I worked previously was an MS shop, they had a huge number of problems with SQL Server, but the boss loved its GUI and thought microsoft could do no wrong.

            I would never reccomend SQL Server for ecommerce for the simple reason that it has severe data corruption, security and searching issues and these are critical for ecommerce.

            --

            @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
            print reverse @JAPH;