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I think SQL works well for its problem domain and agree with everything you said.

> It's even older than that (around 1979), but being old isn't an argument in itself.

I wanted to add an additional comment on this point. What is it with old automatically equalling bad? I definitely appreciate where improvements can be made, but I think as an industry we incorrectly think there is something wrong with an old/mature technology. Throwing things away just because they are old hinders progress since we're constantly rewriting tested, working code. I'll get off my soapbox now.

> What is it with old automatically equalling bad?

That's not what was said. What was said that it's old and that it hasn't benefited from decades of research on languages and the way programmers are most productive.

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