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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Is this the swan song of the SQL gurus?

As I work with JackBe's Presto product for creating Enterprise Mashups as well as ColdFusion 9, both of which automatically generate ORM mappings to SQL, I wonder if writing complex SQL will become a bit of a "lost art." Will developers simply rely on the automatically generated methods that such systems produce and not look beyond into the fantastical realm of Stored Procedures?

Most developers that I've taught have been pretty weak on SQL, not recognizing its true potential and role in app development. Most consider writing SQL an inconvenience barely investigating stored procedures. Few, if any, take the time to experiment with some of the platform-specific features that have been embedded into SQL Server/ORACLE/MySQL.

It's a pity -- they're missing out.

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