Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Site Update

A new 'To Laugh or Cry?' link was posted on the LAUGH/CRY? page.

A new 'Quote of the Week' was posted on the QUOTES page.

My latest blog post, Not All Structures Are Created Equal, at All Analytics.

Want to get a sense of what a fad looks like? Check out
Big Data News Network. And if are familiar with my argument that instead of leading the industry with science, academia is following industry's fads by substituting vocational training for education, here's an excellent example: 

Announcing a New Master's Degree: Business Analytics 

The department of information systems and the supply chain management department have joined forces to launch an accelerated and specialized master's degree program in the fast growing field of business analytics. The Master of Science in Business Analytics program is full-time, and students will earn their MS in Business Analytics after one academic year. Classes will start in the fall of 2013, a

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Databases Representing ... What?

A database is the formal representation (logical model) of an informal business model via the relational data model. Informal business models have meaning understood only by humans: computer systems do not and cannot know what entities, properties, attributes, classes and business rules are. DBMSs "understand" only their formal (logical) database representations--domains, R-tables, integrity constraints--and even that understanding is algorithmic, not semantic. It is, therefore, impossible to either design a database, or assess accuracy of representation without detailed knowledge and understanding of the informal reality that the database is supposed to represent.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Site Update

A new Quote of the week was posted on the QUOTES page.

A new To Laugh or Cry? item was posted on the LAUGH/CRY? page.

It has come to this. It was only a matter of time and I dk what took so long.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Reminder: My presentation
NoSQL, No  Schema and Database Management: Data Fundamentals and Technology Evaluation
San Francisco SQL Server User Group, Wednesday, 11/14/12, 6:30pm
Free and open to the public. Details here.

Quote of the Week was posted to the QUOTES page. Consider it in the context of the comments to my last post, Kinds of keys.

A new To Laugh or Cry? item was posted to the LAUGH/CRY? page.

A new online exchange I participate in was added to the FP ONLINE page.

Here's an item that validates my arguments that (1) SQL or the relational model are not the real problems when it comes to data management distributivity (2) proponents of distributivity and the Cloud have no grasp of what distributivity really entails.

Why Google Went Offline Today and a Bit about How the Internet Works - CloudFlare blog

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Site News

My 11/16 San Francisco presentation. Details here.

I am planning a European tour in the March-April time frame, which will include the UK and possibly Israel. Those interested in organizing seminars or presentations, or who know others that might be, please contact me.

I have added a SCHEDULE option to the site's top menu -- a page listing forthcoming presentations/seminars with links to the events' pages.

I added an FP ONLINE option to the top menu -- a page listing my web columns and online discussions in which I participate.

New Quote and To Laugh or Cry of the Week were posted today.

The QUOTES and LAUGH/CRY pages were also updated with all the posts to date.

From now on Site News will announce when these two pages are updated with new posts so that interested readers can check them out.

4. Matt Rogish drew my attention to an article on programming which is not inconsistent with my claim that the IT industry operates like the fashion industry:

Programming is a Pop Culture