Saturday, February 25, 2017

This Week

1. What's wrong with this picture

"A quick-and-dirty definition for a relational database might be: a system whose users view data as a collection of tables related to each other through common data values.The whole basis for the relational model follows this train of thought: data is stored in tables, which are composed of rows and columns. Tables of independent data can be linked, or related, to one another if they each have columns of data that represent the same data value, called keys. This concept is so common as to seem trivial; however, it was not so long ago that achieving and programming a system capable of sustaining the relational model was considered a longshot with limited usefulness." --Kevin Kline, SQLBlog.com


2. Quote of the Week

"Relational databases store records as rows in tables. Each table has a strict definition of the columns that each row entry will be made up of, along with their type." --Medium.com


3. To Laugh or Cry?

The JSON vs XML debate begins in earnest


4. Of Interest



5. Available and forthcoming

THE DBDEBUNK GUIDE TO MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DATA FUNDAMENTALS available to order here.
Reviews

Forthcoming: The Interpretation and Representation of Database Relations, UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE RELATIONAL MODEL paper #1.


And now for something completely different



New at The PostWest

Dominant powers peak and self-destruct--name one that hasn't. It's now the turn of the West in general and the US in particular.


My Take

In the Trump-media duel I know who will give in. The media is too much corporate business and too little journalism; and Trump is too shrewd a manipulator and the media too focused on trivialities and profit. They will protest loudly and will learn to lick his ass for access.


Upside down and backwards



Book of the Week (Order via this link to support this site)

Kertzer, D., THE POPES AGAINST THE JEWS: THE VATICAN'S ROLE IN THE RISE OF MODERN ANTI_SEMITISM


Article of the Week

Martin Kramer: Muslim ban? What about the Jewish ban?


Video of the Week



Site of the Week



The Palestinians: Partners for peace, nice people, let's give them a state



Anti-semitism? Nah, just "criticism of Israel's policies".



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