SQL vs NoSQL: Third International NoCOUG SQL & NoSQL Challenge sponsored by Pythian
As published in the May 2012 issue of the NoCOUG Journal
THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST NEEDS HELP
BE IT KNOWN BY THESE PRESENTS that the Wicked Witch of the West needs your help to create a magic spell to ensure that the Third Annual Witching & Wizarding Ball is a grand success. A great tournament has been organized for practitioners of the arts of Es-Cue-El & No-Es-Cue-El to demonstrate their magic powers.
The Wicked Witch of the West has invited six friends to the Third Annual Witching & Wizarding Ball at Pythian Academy of Es-Cue-El & No-Es-Cue-El. Burdock Muldoon and Carlotta Pinkstone both said they would come if Albus Dumbledore came. Albus Dumbledore and Daisy Dodderidge both said they would come if Carlotta Pinkstone came. Albus Dumbledore, Burdock Muldoon, and Carlotta Pinkstone all said they would come if Elfrida Clagg came. Carlotta Pinkstone and Daisy Dodderidge both said they would come if Falco Aesalon came. Burdock Muldoon, Elfrida Clagg, and Falco Aesalon all said they would come if Carlotta Pinkstone and Daisy Dodderidge both came. Daisy Dodderidge said she would come if Albus Dumbledore and Burdock Muldoon both came.
The Wicked Witch of the West needs an Es-Cue-El or No-Es-Cue-El spell to determine whom she needs to persuade to attend the wizarding ball in order to ensure that all her invitees attend.
The August Order of the Wooden Pretzel will be conferred on the winner, in keeping with the celebrated pronouncement of the supreme wizard of Pee-El/Es-Cue-El that “some people can perform seeming miracles with straight Es-Cue-El, but the statements end up looking like pretzels created by somebody who is experimenting with hallucinogens.” As if that singular honor were not enough, a fiery wizarding device that magically displays Oracular tomes will be bestowed upon the champion.
May the best witch or wizard win!
RULES: Pythian will award a Kindle Fire or an Amazon gift card of equal value to the winner. Prizes may be awarded to runners-up at the discretion of NoCOUG. Submissions should be emailed to SQLchallenge@nocoug.org. Contestants may use any SQL or NoSQL technology to create the magic spell. The competition will be judged by Oracle ACE Director Gwen Shapira and the editor of the NoCOUG Journal, Iggy Fernandez. Judging criteria include correctness, originality, efficiency, portability, and readability. The judges’ decisions are final. The competition will end at a time determined by the organizers. The judges and organizers reserve the right to publish and comment on any of the submissions, with due credit to the originators. More information about the problem and additional rules can be found at http://www.nocoug.org/.
Updated on 11/15/12: The results have been published in the November 2012 issue of the NoCOUG Journal. The winner is Lukasz Plata (Poland).