I guess we're not talking about working with Java Struts. When you do, turn on mysql logging, and then tail -f mysqld.log, you'll see garbage like this: select column_623 from table_943 where column_142='xxx'; ---- is that readable to you? Is that supposed to improve readability by abstracting so far away from the database that no one can understand what is going. I basically have to grep for values inserted or updated or selected from tables in order to figure out what table stuff is being written to. It's not ugly, its an abomination. Who ever thought up the idea doesnt know what they are doing. Easy to read..... YEAH RIGHT -- its a joke. It takes 5 times longer to reverse engineer this spaghetti mess than any other languages. Straight Java code is easy to read, if you don't intrude abstraction layers on top of the language, like Struts.