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PASSMN June 21, 2011 Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on June 13, 2011

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The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group (PASSMN) meeting is coming up next week.  The content has been posted and the registration information is now available.

Minnesota SQL Server Users Group


  • 2:45-3:00 : Registration / hospitality / networking
  • 3:00-3:15 : Announcements etc.
  • 3:15-3:45 : ‘11 pages that Changed the World’ (relational DB’s) – Mark Knutson
  • 3:45-4:45 : NoSQL – Dan McCreary 
  • 4:45-5:00 : Closing comments/prize giveaways


11 Pages that Changed the World (Mark Knutson, Hennepin Faculty Associates) – In 1970, the widely implemented database products were based either on a network or an inverted tree structure. E. F. Codd, an IBM research mathematician, presented a paper to the Association of Computing Machinery proposing a database management system based on mathematical objects called relations.

I will briefly review the topical coverage of the paper, including the formal definition of a relation. I will also place the paper in historical context and review how IBM’s response to it shaped the DBMS product landscape that we see today.

NoSQL (Dan McCreary, Consultant) – This presentation will discuss the “NoSQL movement”, a new set of data solutions that leverage non-relational data stores. These data stores are frequently designed to leverage thousands of commodity processors, are “schema free”, use simple key-value stores or document stores and are often associated with web-scale “BigData” challenges.  This presentation will cover the key business factors and technology issues driving this movement.


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