Subject: Re: "I've got more programmers than you"
From: Keith Bostic <bostic@sleepycat.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 19:39:35 -0400 (EDT)

> While a brief search doesn't turn up a good definition of "transactional
> database", I'd posit:  an RDBMS with ACID properties.

I disagree -- you can layer anything on top of a "database",
and a database's interface can support transactions and ACID
semantics without SQL or an RDBMS.

A "transactional database" is a database that provides ACID
semantics in some way.

RDBMS, SQL: they're interfaces or data views.

Regards,
--keith

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