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Yes, there were various approaches to non-relational data stores but they were not so flexible in terms of "schema", which I believe is the main strength of NoSQL.

A possible exception could be MUMPS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MUMPS but I have no direct experience with this (while I used something akin to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierarchical_database_model at the start of my career).






Pick[1] subscribes to a similar philosophy, merging the OS into a database.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pick_operating_system


Wow. We use this (Universe "flavor") at work, can't believe I'm seeing it on HN.



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