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Data Fundamentals and Evaluation of New Technology

  • Nov 14, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • Microsoft Office

Speaker: Fabian Pascal

NoSQL/"BigData" and the Cloud are the latest hot technologies. The database industry operates like the fashion industry. Much more effort, time and resources is spent migrating from fad to fad and "integrating" them, than in productive endeavors.

Client/server, object databases, XML, they all promised to be "THE solution", yet we have regressed back to the time of proliferating very complex, proprietary products, even application file management, that preceded the DBMS.

You'll learn

  • The practical importance of foundation knowledge for technology assessment
  • How to understand and distinguish between valuable and simply relabeled old ideas

Fabian Pascal has more than 25 years as an independent analyst, writer and lecturer specializing in data fundamentals and the relational model. He was associated with Codd & Date, and has written three books and hundreds of articles. His clients include IBM, the Census Bureau, CIA, Apple, UCSF, Golden Gate University and the IRS. He is founder, editor and publisher of Database Debunkings.


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  • Peter S.

    The lecture by Mr. Pascal was good. What I'd like to hear and see is a few concrete practical examples substantiating his statements.

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There was mention of Codd but no mention of how Peter Chen's work that has also set standards in the ER of database modeling/ construction.

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time attended. Great topic / presentation to kick the experience off. The basics of data structure and the importance of E-R fundamentals.

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic!

    November 15, 2012

  • J. B.

    excellent speaker, good database theory lecture.

    November 14, 2012

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