Wisdom from Michael Stonebraker
Jan 17, 2019
Xing Lin
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Where do ideas come from?

Ideas come from two sources: talking to real users with real problems and then trying to solve them. This ensures somebody cares about the ideas and the rubber meets the road and not the sky. The second source is to bounce possibly good (or bad) ideas off colleages that will challenge them. In summary, the best chance for generating a good idea is to spend time in the real world and find an enviroment where you will be intellectually challenged.

Contributions by Systems

  1. ingres: together with system R from IBM, they demonstrated that it is possible to build practical relational systems based on Todd’s relational model.


  1. Do something important and set it free.

Influential papers

  1. The design and implementation of ingres.
  2. The implementation of postgres