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"amazing lack of runtime optimization"? Do you have anything to back that up?

Most "old" RBDMSes (i.e., not MySQL) are actually ok to quite good at optimizing queries. Sure, you will always find things that are not optimized properly, but having worked on a query optimizer myself, this is actually much harder than you might think it is. Not only coming up with optimizations, but also making sure they are legal, and don't degrade certain queries. There's nothing worse than optimizing a legit query to pieces...




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