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By ReallyEvilCanine (Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 01:45:32 AM EST) A Day in the Life, WTF, Nazi jokes, databases, training, pie (all tags)
Training II: LOL Nazis

So I'm sitting through another day of Stuff I Already Know and the teacher, a nice enough Genoan guy who mangles both German and English without prejudice is going over the new syntax and abilities in 11g. We're dropping tables but wait! There's a foreign key! What to do?

My response didn't go over so well.

x-posted to da brog.



The blonde is killing me, constantly looking over at me and smiling, looking longer than is normal. She's not drop-dead gorgeous but there's something about her I can't get over. I'm sitting uncomfortably through classes with a constant reduced cranial bloodflow that I haven't experienced since puberty. Chances to talk, however, aren't taken and she quickly kills my attempts at conversation. I even ate with her in the shit canteen (and paid the price for it later) in order to give it a go. No dice.

Anyway, when discussing databases in German you don't talk about "parent" and "child" but rather "mother" and "daughter" tables. It's less awkward than trying to translate the English constructs directly since "parent" is rarely used here in the singular and no matter how you combine "child" and "table", the result sounds bad. So Muttertabelle and Tochtertabelle it is.

And Giacomo went on talking about altering tables as I tried to stay awake. Then he got to the "ON DELETE CASCADE" construct which when invoked, he explained, will not only remove1 the 'mother' table but take all the 'daughters' with it as well.

I didn't actually think about it, it just came out: "Ah, the Magda Goebbels method."

The temperature in the room dropped quickly. She's definitely not sleeping with me now.

1 It helps to know that the German word for "remove/delete" wrt to DB tables is extremely close to the one which means "extinguishing life"

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We're dropping tables but wait! by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 06:48:56 AM EST
There's a foreign key!

Been dealing with that for a couple weeks now.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

you sir are worse than.... -nt- by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Jul 05, 2008 at 10:55:26 AM EST


Reminds me of an acquaintance by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 04:48:37 AM EST
back at university when given back a report with a rather low mark from a German lecturer (he didn't particularly like) instantly pounded his fist in the table and exclaimed that "he would never forget what happened in 1940" rather too loudly.

Funnily enough the rest of the class kept their mouths shut and the lecturer pretended that he didn't hear him and it was never spoken about again.
-- The revolution will not be televised.

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