Remap Mysql tuple to dictionary

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Tue Sep 26 12:05:35 CEST 2006

> SQL databases like MySQL are _designed_ for efficiency.

Efficiency with respect to what? That statement is plain wrong. They are
designed for a pretty general case of data storage efficiency, in the
domain of relational algebra. And for a lot of use-cases, they offer a good
ratio of ease-of-use, speed and reliability and the overhead they

But there are lots of cases where hand-tailored data structures - in python
as well as in C - are way better suited. Think of graph representations for
example, especially for reachability queries and the like. Does google use
ORACLE (or whatever DB) for their index? Nope.

So - without knowing the usecase,

All right, sorry, looks like they want to load the entire table into RAM and
key it off the first field. Kind of defeats the point of having SQL, but
there you go...

is a pretty strong thing to say. 


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