[xquery-talk] the stupidity of using SQL as a query language for JSON

Ihe Onwuka ihe.onwuka at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 11:08:37 PDT 2015

Then I have some questions.

So what happens to the closure property.

Should I be allowed to join a JSON array with an object. Why not, or if so
what type of thing will I get back and what will happen when if I try to
query it (I will be allowed to query it won't I).

If I ask to order by a field and there is no schema to tell me it's type
what is SQL going to do.

Talking of ordering how do I get the 5th array item or the 5th object when
SQL only deals in unordered sets.

What would be the result of union of two objects and how can I determine
whether such a union should be allowed at all when there is no schema?

On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 1:51 PM, Michael Kay <mike at saxonica.com> wrote:

> >
> > Using SQL to process JSON is simply NOT POSSIBLE.
> >
> Proof?
> My Ph.D. thesis in 1975 showed that you can use SQL to query hierarchic
> data. With the emphasis on “query”. The problems start with update. So long
> as you restrict yourself to query, you can map almost any data model onto
> any other.
> Though the fact that you can do it doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea, of
> course. In those days the reason for doing it was that SQL was the only
> declarative query language in town, and that’s no longer the case.
> Michael Kay
> Saxonica
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