I had written a rather long and involved rant on why I hate databases. Upon
re-reading it I came across sounding whiny. Way to whiny so I'm scrapping
it and doing a recap here.
I hate databases. Primarily because I just don't understand the mindset
behind them. It seems that the concept of “dumping” a database
(extracting the data in a format suitable to put into another database) is
not a concept that the database boys have. My friend
Mark looked at
me funny when I even mention doing such a thing.
“Just question it,” he kept going. “Tell it what data you want.”
“All the data,” I kept saying.
“You don't want all the data,” he said.
“That's precisely what [the developer of the database package I was using]
kept saying. ALL I WANTED WAS THE @#$!#$ DATA! What's so wrong with
“Because you don't want or need all the data,” Mark kept saying. Our
agreed with Mark. “You need to let go this silly notion of having to know
the exact layout and contents of everything.”
Like I said, it's totally alien to me. They also kept asking me what
package was used to create the database and that I could use SQL to obtain
the data. I had no clue as to what library or package was used to create
the database—all I was told was get the data. Why can't I just get the
Why is that so difficult for database weenies to comprehend?
This is one reason why I hate the damned things.
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