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re: I'll admit that at first glance, I thought that the linked article was going to be hyperbolic. However, the parallels that it drew were quite inter...
 

We had a thread about O/RMs and other data access patterns fairly recently so I'll just point you there rather than repeat myself :) But I love working with relational databases; they're the Swiss army knife of data storage solutions, where every other form of database I've encountered has been a specialized tool for working with specific architectural patterns: document databases for hierarchical information with few to no interconnections, BigTable derivatives for accumulation of flat records, and so on. They do well for the situation they're designed to operate in, and very poorly anywhere else.

I haven't explored GraphQL much at all. I like SQL and can do basically anything I need to with that, so until someone creates a database that uses GraphQL as a native query language instead (it's probably not too far off), I don't have a reason to use it. But it seems helpful for others, and doesn't have the fundamental impedance mismatch that makes O/RMs a problem.

I've played a bit with GraphQL and Django's ORM (meh) today and I'm quite sure everything is going to explode when queries become really complicated :D

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