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Comment: Re: Why oh Why (Score 1) 102

That's not what they said. What they said was that they considered modules to be data not code and thus not covered by the GPLed i.e. no linking occurred. An explicit statement from the copyright holder that action X is not a copyright violation is a very strong endorsement. Better yet of course would be an explicit written and signed license permitting it, but the statements could and would be considered by the court in a lawsuit.

Comment: Re: Why oh Why (Score 1) 102

I'm seeing the same 30 characters for Teradata and Sybase. When I look at the 2008 SQL standard (last version I own) I get totally lost in the notation and I'm just not that motivated, I'm going to take their word for it. As for everyone else that matters I'd say those two matter.

As for it being big enough. Table names can have synonyms and be accessed functionally via. PLSQL. Oracle itself tends to use table names like X12A with another table that uses a descriptor. If you want documentation Oracle provides a means for documentation.

In any case This issue certainly isn't a huge constraint with Oracle. My point is that they are tremendous innovators whether one particular limitation annoys you doesn't change that.

Comment: Re:Why oh Why (Score 1) 102

Oracle invented the commercially viable relational database. That's not a small innovation.
Oracle has consistently pushed the database world with new technologies that really did make a difference on computation speeds.

Lately Oracle has been one of the few vendors to have a a broad range of large enterprise software designed to work together.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang