[sword-devel] Relational Databases

Joachim Ansorg sword-devel@crosswire.org
Mon, 15 May 2000 19:48:46 +0000


Hello Trevor!

Nice to see you again!

Is there any chance to get your knowledge into SWORD ;-) ?
Would be cool, but I know that I'm nerving you!


>On Mon, 15 May 2000 09:31:37 CEST, "Sjoerd Venema" <pegasusnl@hotmail.com>
>> I have just subscribed to this mailing list. I am wondering if there are 
>> developers around that now something about 'Relational Databases'.
>I claim to know something about relational databases. :-)
>> I am creating some sort of computerbible myself and i am basing it upon a
>> relational database system.
>I also claim to know something about "text databases"! (Having worked in
>that field for 20 years). In the words of the old joke "I wouldn't start
>>from here", i.e., I would NOT use a relational database to handle textual
>data at all. The closest I would come to relational databases is to store
>index information in relational tables; of course, from fully inverted text
>you can reconstruct the original text from the pointers.
>>  I have already created a database scheme but I am wondering if it is 
>> optional.
>Do you mean "optional" or "optimal". I don't believe that there is one
>"optimal" schema. The rightness (or less rightness) of a schema depends
>upon the use to which the database it models will be put. even then how
>"right" it is is a matter of opinion.
>> I am studing Computer Science in the Netherlands and 'Relational 
>> Datebases' come not along very often.
>This surprises me greatly. If you'd said that network, hierarchical and
>text databases are not taught then I'd say that you were correct. Or
>perhaps the teaching of Comp Sci is better in the Netherlands. As the
>relational algrebra or calculus provide a useful abstraction with which to
>reason about database operations relation databases are normaly par of
>undergraduate courses. Sadly, many courses only teach the relational
>approach so the useful and more appropirate application of the other
>formulations is never given.
>> (I am not sure i am sending this message to the right mail address)
>It's probably not but you can email me off line. I'm undertaking research
>into complex databases issues so my knowledge is a little better.
><>< Re: deemed!
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