The Inefficiency of Misalignment.

Richard T. Snodgrass: The Inefficiency of Misalignment. ACM Comput. Surv. 28(4es): article 89(1996)
  author    = {Richard T. Snodgrass},
  title     = {The Inefficiency of Misalignment},
  journal   = {ACM Comput. Surv.},
  volume    = {28},
  number    = {4es},
  year      = {1996},
  pages     = {article 89},
  ee        = {db/journals/csur/Snodgrass96.html},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


This paper examines the influence of users, academia, and vendors on the SQL standard, focusing on triggers, object-oriented features, Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC) and time support. In all cases, users and academia have had little impact on the standard. This misalignment has generated constructs that meet needs (technical and otherwise) of the participating vendors; the needs and insights of users and the academic community have generally not informed the resulting standard. Three basic structural impediments are identified that prevent these two communities from participating in standards design. Radical changes to the process are required to balance input to the standards from vendors, users, and academia. Everyone will benefit from a more balanced process.

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