On 08/21/2014 02:48 PM, Merlin Moncure wrote:

Basically, I'm afraid that unilaterally renaming cube is going to break
enough applications that there will be more people who flat out don't
want this patch than there will be who get benefit from it, and we end
up voting to revert the feature altogether.  If you'd like to take that
risk then feel free to charge full steam ahead, but don't say you were
not warned.  And don't bother arguing that CUBE is reserved according to
the standard, because that will not make one damn bit of difference
to the people who will be unhappy.
I have to respectfully disagree.  Certainly, if there is some
reasonable way to not have to change 'cube' then great.  But the
tonnage rule applies here: even considering compatibility issues, when
considering the importance of standard SQL (and, I might add,
exceptionally useful) syntax and a niche extension, 'cube' is going to
have to get out of the way.  There are view valid reasons to break
compatibility but blocking standard syntax is definitely one of them.

I'm inclined to think that the audience for this is far larger than the audience for the cube extension, which I have not once encountered in the field.

But I guess we all have different experiences.



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