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  • In your opinion, why haven't there been any successful implementations of a true relational database? ("Successful" defined as "different projects using it to get things done", whether for fun or profit.) Is it too hard to implement? Too academic? Just unproven for enterprisey use?

    This is an honest question, no axes to grind. I know next to nothing about these types of databases, and many people whose database chops I respect have brought them up from time to time, particularly when frustrated by a curren

    • You've probably heard the old saying "if you're so smart, why ain't you rich?" People generally mean something like that when they ask your question, so I confess it was with a sense of relief when I read the motivations for it :)

      The following thoughts I've gleaned from Wikipedia, books (including one I've left in the US and desperately wish I had) and various Web pages.

      Before Codd created the relational model, databases were hierarchical or just ad hoc affairs. Codd, tired of how bad databases were,