Anyone any experience of SAP DB ( http://www.sapdb.org/ )?
...plus do you think RDBMSs are becoming a commodity? What, with MS promising to embed some sort of RDBMS into the OS/filesystem, and open source db's becoming very competitive - are db vendors really going to be able to continue to charge huge amounts for software licenses?
This DB was internally tested against the Firebird/Interbase for the possible platform for one of the world`s fastest banner rotating systems (this system supports different DBs, i.e. you can use almost any RDBMS with it). The company that sells this banner system asked my friends is SAP DB really good to add it to the list of supported DBs or not. They`ve made test, and Firebird won, I didn`t know what was the test exactly...I only know that they decided not to spend time and money to support this DB.
Yes, Firebird/Interbase (the only open-source version of Borland's Interbase actually in development since Borland gave up) looks like a good solution... but what about support? I posted one question in the Yahoo mailing list, and go no answer. That gets me worried if I stumble upon a problem after it's in production.
One concern I have with SAP DB is the codebase. When one looks at the source for PostgreSQL or MySQL one sees a relatively well formed and nicely documented database. However, SAP DB tends to be rather "In House", by which I mean that it has the tendency to include rather large and undocumented kludges, as well as generations of supporting structures which obfuscate the code.
What`s your FB question, Frederic? I know a lot of experienced Firebird guys, may be they will be able to help...
The SAP DB mailing list is very responsive and full of SAP employees. Every question gets an answer and many answers come directly from the SAP team.
Thanks chaps - I will investigate further
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