Why (almost) every Web site needs an RDBMS
Deciding to bite the bullet early
From the developerWorks archives
Date archived: January 4, 2017 | First published: December 11, 2007
When your Web application reaches a certain size, it needs a good database design
behind it. And in fact, this "certain size" is much smaller than almost every small-site developer thinks. Relational Data Base Management Systems
(RDBMSes) need not be
restrictive or over-architected, as their bad reputation sometimes
brings developers to fear. A bit of thought toward what your site
does quickly turns into a sensible schema design, and it is easy to
leave open expandable storage mechanisms like a
table within an RDBMS back end.
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