Category: Michael Stonebraker

Relational Database History

1983 called. They said SQL needs a makeover

I recently read 2 papers that I’d highly recommend if you ever wonder about the underpinnings of modern relational databases:

This is an opinionated history of database architectures from roughly 1970 to 2005, and it’s got some serious credentials behind it – Michael Stonebraker was the driving force behind Postgres and many other things. It’s an easy read, and it’s a good explanation of how relational DBs and SQL came to (mostly) rule the world. It was written amidst a lot of hype over XML databases, and it (rightly, in retrospect) critiques XML DBs and suggests that they won’t see much commercial adoption.

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