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[Discuss] Are SQL/NoSQL databases dead?

John Abreau <jabr at> writes:

> My biggest issue with SQL is the lack of standardization for date
> arithmetic. I've found over the years that date arithmetic was essential to
> almost all the applications I wrote that used a database back-end, and this
> was the one sticking point that prevented me from completely abstracting
> the database layer so that the applications could make use of any of
> Postgresql, Mysql, Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, sqlite, etc.

Oracle's belief that '' is NULL is also a pain.

Mike Small
smallm at

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