We start off with a poem on the Relational Data Model, which truly transformed computing and our modern civilization!
The critical core of data applications,
Due to you, pointers we no longer chase.
Letting us get data with just declarations,
Incomparable you are in your grace.
Infusing a really revolutionary rigor,
Into a field that was fraught with pain.
Birthing a community filled with vigor,
And engaging our minds again and again.
Schools and banks, airlines and apps,
Almost all services benefit from you.
Yea, sans you, our economy might collapse,
'Tis indeed true and not just ballyhoo!
Rejecting you, some chose to walk away,
Hoping against hope you are not needed.
Repeating history and suffering dismay,
They crawled back to you and conceded.
Of all models, you, we did select,
To join forces with you was sensible.
For no matter what future we project,
You seem, in aggregate, indispensable.