Same Cute Turtle

I have posted a picture of this turtle before but decided to post another because he was pretty impressive.

As I mentioned in my original post, I spent about 5 minutes watching it eating on either side of the coral head. What was impressive is that while he (or she, hard to tell) knew that I was there he just carried on eating, and checking me out from time to time.

Turtles are pretty tame if you don’t threaten them, but they will swim away very fast if you annoy them (I know because once a dive master grabbed one to show it off and it swam like hell as soon as he let go, needless to say I did not dive with that dive master again).

A recent article in the NY Times, “Turtles Are Casualties of Warming in Costa Rica”, is well worth reading, the title says it all, and there is a slideshow to go along with it.

I see turtles on most of my dives but I never tire if it, and all divers I have known never tire of seeing them either, they are truly special.


Why The Name NoSQL Is Meaningless (To Me)

The ‘NoSQL’ movement has gotten quite popular lately and with good reason, it is breaking new ground on distributed, scalable storage.

But the name ‘NoSQL’ really bugs me, because SQL is just a query language, it is not a storage technology. This is well illustrated in “InnoDB is a NoSQL database”, which I will quote below:

As long as the whole world is chasing this meaningless “NoSQL” buzzword, we should recognize that InnoDB is usable as an embedded database without an SQL interface. Hence, it is as much of a NoSQL database as anything else labeled with that term. And I might add, it is fast, reliable, and extremely well-tested in the real world. How many NoSQL databases have protection against partial page writes, for example?

It so happens that you can slap an SQL front-end on it, if you want: MySQL.

Another thing, it is probably better to say what you are for rather than what you are against, much more constructive. Time to get a new name/acronym I think.

Updated December 18th, 2009 – I am seeing that NoSQL is being renamed to mean Not Only SQL, which I think is much better.