A brief history of Data: is there any true RDBMS?

Tuesday 21st April, 2009. 6.00pm for 6.30pm. Ends 9.00pm.

 Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London. Map.

Hugh Darwen is currently lecturing in relational database theory at Warwick University. He is a Database professional who previously worked for IBM 1967-2004. He was involved in the development of DBMSs 1969-82,  in the development of  ISO standard for SQL 1988-2004; and is Co-author with C.J. Date on several books on relational database theory and practice. 

Hugh Darwen well known in his field as a passionate devotee of the relational model of data and a strong critic of the database language SQL, will give a highly personal and anecdotal, light-hearted but deadly serious account of the development of database technology since the 1960s.

The objective is to promote the view that one of the best ideas in the history of computing (proposed by E.F. Codd in 1970) has yet to be implemented and it might still be a good idea to do so. Oh, and also, it is hoped, to provide a bit of entertainment!

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.
Bring your colleagues and friends interested in IT.

PDF fileBrief history of data
PDF fileBrief history of data - notes
PDF fileBrief history of data - presentation slides