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  • I wouldn't beat yourself up too much. He has a theory. A theory that he hasn't been able to implement, nor find someone else to implement, in 35 years. A theory that no commercial implementation has felt particularly compelled to follow to the letter, and which we've managed to do without.

    But, hey, at least we have a (partial) implementation of Tutorial D to replace SQL. That only took 35 years! Woot!

    This isn't to say that things couldn't be better. But writing about it and actually *implementing* it are two different things. I mean, I certainly find this interview interesting, but I'm not holding my breath that anything compelling will come of it. Maybe I'm wrong, though.

    And on that note, time to check out Alphora.

    • There's a possible equivocation on the word "theory". Date means theory in the scientific sense, not in the popular sense of "opinion" or "guess". The relational theory is well-grounded in set theory and predicate logic. This is a large body of mathematical theory which has been built upon since the ancient Greeks. Since even the crippled understanding of relational theory which most "experts" rely on is ignored by the masses, it's quite understandable to me that database vendors, following the herd, ar