This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
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Stored Procedures are a very useful and powerful thing, but all too often they're abused. I've got an app right now that has to run on 2 different OS's because the database part is all done in Microsoft SQL Server stored procedures. Microsoft doesn't do SQL Server for Linux, I can't keep the database on the Linux box - I have to keep a second machine running Windows just for the database. Converting the stored procedures so I could use an OS-agnostic DBMS like MySQL or Oracle would be cost-prohibitive.
On top of that, the program is a <censored> to maintain. About half the program logic isn't even in the program - it's in the database.
An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.