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The 1995 SQL Reunion: People, Projects, and Politics

by Paul McJones

A reunion of people who worked on System R and its derivatives, including SQL/DS, DB2, and R*, was held at Asilomar on May 29, 1995. This is an edited transcript of the day’s discussions, incorporating changes provided by the speakers. It provides an informal but first-hand account of the birth of SQL, the history of System R, and the origins of a number of other relational systems inside and outside IBM.

Recommended paired reading: Henry Baker’s 1991 letter to the ACM.

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