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From Alan Bell <>
Subject Re: [user] Re: The Blog
Date Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:56:44 GMT
selling airline tickets was always the classical problem you couldn't do 
with Notes because you might overbook because of the distributed system 
means no atomic updates and stock level checking. That actually just 
shows how much older Notes is than the modern airline where overbooking 
is standard policy. Anyhow an application where there are multiple 
purchasers and a finite stock and the stock levels must never ever be 
overcommitted probably gives the RDBMS an advantage.

Wout Mertens wrote:
> On Feb 9, 2009, at 3:57 PM, Noah Slater wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 09:51:18AM -0500, Adam Petty wrote:
>>> Could this thread be added to the wiki - with only minor editing for 
>>> length
>>> - maybe as "a RDBMS vs couch 'Discussion' ?"  or something similar?"...
>> We've learnt from the book that such comparisons tend to be harmful.
>> They lead people into thinking that there is a direct meaningful 
>> comparison.
>> Fundamentally, CouchDB and RDMS solve different problems.
> I dunno, I think it would be interesting to compare the main benefits 
> of each so that you know what the strong points of each are.
> For example, suppose you implement schema-free in an RDBMS by adding a 
> text field that contains a JSON string. You still keep some of the 
> metadata, like _rev and _id, in proper fields.
> However, thinking about that, it means you will need to re-implement 
> everything CouchDB does, like views and replication.
> To be honest, I think saying RDBMS and CouchDB are for different 
> solutions is just you guys being nice. I think that any application 
> would benefit from using the CouchDB model and only in very specific, 
> very demanding cases an RDBMS would be better. I can't think of any 
> examples though.
> So here's my challenge to the mailing list, it's pretty much the same 
> one that MrDonut posted: Give us an example of something that would be 
> better be done with an RDBMS and something that would better be done 
> with CouchDB.
> I'll help you: I think it would be easier to create a wiki with 
> CouchDB than with an RDBMS. It is possible in both but CouchDB just 
> makes it easier. I suppose we'd have to ask the guys 
> to know if that's true.
> I don't know what would be done better in an RDBMS. Performance 
> logging perhaps? Something with really stringent schema requirements?
> Wout.

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