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I don't understand why SQL is avoided so much. Yes it can be a pain to get/transform types depending on the driver/adapter, but to me that's the whole of a thin wrapper. SQL is just code, not another API to learn, is typically just as self explanatory if not more, let's you use vendor-specific features easily, removes any voodoo so it's clearer what's going on, and isn't that hard to begin with.

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