Why does it drive you bonkers to put any constraints and triggers on the
database? Why do you insist it be ONLY in the application (or some
In that case, why use externally defined files? After all, you can put
all the column descriptions in your applications. People did this for
years on the S/34 and S/36. And punched cards before that. If you are
truly using only application programming to access the database, or
wrappers, why would you need the external definitions? I've worked with
vendor applications in which the column, and table, text were pretty much
limited to "Copyright".
And it would be glorious if applications never had an error,
If no one ever hacked into data for malicious purposes,
And if no one ever made a keying error when using a database utility
And if no one ever had a need, or use, for UPDDTA, WRKDBF, or such
But everyone joining hands and singing "Kumbaya" is not going to make it
Therefore journalling, constraints and other tools should be used.
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