Wednesday, January 12, 2011
So this is interesting: In the Stack Overflow Annual User Survey, 62.2% of respondents claim they are "proficient" in SQL. This tops all the languages listed. This is perhaps not that surprising, but I had at the same time — subjectively — noticed an abundance of let's say clueless questions and suboptimal answers on SQL and RDBMS topics in the StackExchange network. Quite clearly SQL is somewhat different from algorithmic programming languages in that there is a gap between being familiar with the language and really understanding its effects.