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Deconstructing databases with Jim Gray

There is a text interview up at The Register with database multi-genarian Jim Gray.

“Most companies have a tame “guru” – someone presented as a world authority on the subject in question and so amazingly intelligent that they are above the tacky world of commercialism.

Sadly, many such “gurus” merely debase the term and turn out to be exactly what you expect – mouthpieces for the marketing department.

Click here to find out more!One of the great exceptions to this rule is Jim Gray, who has managed to combine an outstanding academic career (you don’t win an ACM Turing Award for your attendance record) with a very practical one.—

I’ve always enjoyed Jim Gray’s progressive approaches to database design. Here are some Channel-9 videos of the man in action (Jim Gray – A talk with THE SQL Guru and Architect , Jim Gray – Part II of talking about Database Design). If you are not into watching videos, there is a quick synopsis at Spatially Enabled.

June 30, 2006 Posted by | Databases, Theory | Leave a comment