More a fab fabless rave and a powerful tool which easily eclipses all others .... ?
I wouldn't call that a rant, NickLavezzo, whenever it provides so much invaluable instruction for successful master pilot missions.
Imagine you operate a web application in which users both generate posts and receive posts from other users. All posts are maintained in a back-end database. Management has asked you to build a dashboard for doing some basic analytics. Although your data store is read-write, the dashboard is initially intended to perform read-only queries. The data is just for analysis, so if results are sometimes a bit out-of-date, nobody will notice in the UI. Overall, you see no need for transactions. You put together some great data visualizations that allow your company to analyze and view posts in new ways.
On the up side, the dashboard proves very popular. On the down side, you start hearing demands for new features: users want the dashboard to support editing and moderation of the posts found using the analytics. Also, the ad-serving division wants access to the dashboard data via an API to drive their billing system. You now have a situation where the simple read-only model of the dashboard has gone out the window, and your new API needs to be able to provide strong guarantees about the results it is delivering.
This sort of evolution of requirements is a natural and frequently occurring pattern. Transactions make the difference between being able to easily add these features and throwing out large parts of your code and starting over. … FoundationDB … The Transaction Manifesto
Those three paragraphs describe quite admirably that which is provided by the Register and its commentards, for the Register and its commentards, some/many of whom are off the scale smart and therefore able to be extremely disruptive and constructive ….. and even catastrophically destructive too if there be serious personal issues in need of addressing and/or redress ….. or one is just plain evil and stupid when decidedly so, or by malignant intelligence design, for such utility will always generate a competitive and expanding and increasingly more powerful opposition rather than effortlessly delivering an overwhelmingly further sighted, leading progress and a singular absolute superiority in all fields of physical endeavour and virtual enterprise.
Nice concise white paper, btw, FoundationDB. A quite perfect enough descriptor with operands for New Orderly Worlds and New World Order freaks …… Real Virtual Power Elites? But then ACID always has demonstrated that power to open up new fields to and with fab players since ever it arrived on the scene and changed everything in an instant.