Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th May 2013 21:41 UTC
Windows "Windows is indeed slower than other operating systems in many scenarios, and the gap is worsening." That's one way to start an insider explanation of why Windows' performance isn't up to snuff. Written by someone who actually contributes code to the Windows NT kernel, the comment on Hacker News, later deleted but reposted with permission on Marc Bevand's blog, paints a very dreary picture of the state of Windows development. The root issue? Think of how Linux is developed, and you'll know the answer.
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RE[7]: Too funny
by Alfman on Mon 13th May 2013 06:21 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Too funny"
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"The database is named filesystem. Binary dumps for logs? That's more stupid then a binary config registry."

I'm finding it peculiar that you'd bring up a "named filesystem" database given that it doesn't apply to logfiles.

With a database, each record exists and is manipulated independently from all other records. You cannot use file system level operators (cd, ls, find, etc) to query log files or manipulate individual records. In order to get the same level of granularity that a database gives us, you'd have to store each "record" or log event in a separate file. Another major difference is that the database records can be indexed such that queries will only read in the records that match the criteria. A text log file on the other hand has no indexes and needs to be fully scanned.

Text processing programs like sed/grep/cut/sort/etc are great tools, but SQL is far more powerful for advanced analytics.

Edit: Also, the windows registry sucks, no disagreement there. But it's not right to put all databases in the same boat as regedit. The registry has a huge gap in analytical power and structure compared to any real database.

Edited 2013-05-13 06:37 UTC

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