RE: Is a RDBMS needed?

  • From: D'Hooge Freek <Freek.DHooge@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dasebw@xxxxxx" <dasebw@xxxxxx>, "oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 17:48:40 +0200

That sounds suspicious a lot as object oriented databases

No, you are not the only who thinks this is a bad idea

Freek D'Hooge
Oracle Database Administrator
email: freek.dhooge@xxxxxxxxx
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From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Blake Wilson
Sent: donderdag 9 juni 2011 17:23
To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Is a RDBMS needed?

Here at the University of Western Ontario we are looking at replacing our 
current Learning Management System. The current choices seem to be similar in 
technology and infrastructure - web tier, load balancer, application tier, back 
end RDBMS and some sort of content management system for the course content.

However, the next release of one of our options will not have a RDBMS in the 
solution. It will be replaced by Apache Jackrabbit. The new system will have 
everything treated as content, including grades, test questions and answers, 
discussion threads, syllabi, personal profiles, chat messages, and so on.

This seems like quite a departure from normal RDBMS based solutions. Is this a 
good idea? Am I being a dinosaur by thinking that this is not a good idea? Do I 
need to keep up with the times? Is this the future of databases? This really 
looks to me like a return to design of 20 years ago.

Blake Wilson

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