Dr. Richard Hipp gave a talk at Southeast Linux Fest today on choosing an open-source database. He thinks that NoSQL is not a very good name for the new databases we’re seeing these days, so he proposed a new name: postmodern databases. Why postmodern?
- The absence of objective truth
- Queries return opinions, not facts
I thought this was the best proposal I’ve heard for an alternative to the NoSQL moniker. And this is not bashing—the absence of objective truth can actually be an enabling quality, not necessarily a drawback. There’s a lot to compliment about the new databases, and calling them NoSQL is really a disservice—like calling a car a horseless carriage.