Are Databases Still Relevant?

By Deane Barker on July 3, 2003

The end of database-centric design?: He asks an interesting question, but never answers it. Still, it makes you think.

“Perhaps it is time we started asking the ultimate question about databases as classically deployed. Do we need them? Given the difficult of making them respond to change, can we afford them? Are there ways of doing what a database does that are perhaps less optimal but that handle the inevitability of change gracefully?”