Subject Re: [Firebird-Architect] Re: Full Text Search
Author Jim Starkey
Roman Rokytskyy wrote:

> We had a discussion on this topic approx.
>one year ago and concluded that Google-like scoring has no use in
>RDBMSes (at least that' my opinion from that discussion) since
>information has completely different nature.
Roman, much of my last year at DEC was consumed with trying to convince
DEC that blobs should be part of the DEC Standard Relational Interface
(DSRI). The arguments against blobs were:

1. No customer had ever asked for a blob.
2. No sales had even been lost because a DEC database didn't support
3. No competiting product had blobs
4. Blobs were unnecessary because it was sufficient to store a file
name in a fixed length field.
5. If somebody really wanted to store a document in a database, they
normalize it and retrieve the document between documents and lines
ordered by line number.

My conclusion was that I was trapped in a branch of the Flat Earth
Society, and that the earliest possible escape was necessary. Hence,

Why does this seem like an echo of that reasoning?