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Database Pioneer Donald D. Chamberlin Joins Couchbase as Technical Advisor

SQL co-inventor and XQuery principal editor will contribute to further extending Couchbase’s architectural lead in delivering the world’s leading next generation data management platform

Couchbase, Inc. today named database veteran and co-inventor of the SQL database language Donald D. Chamberlin as a technical advisor to the company. In this role, Chamberlin will collaborate with the Couchbase engineering team on architectural innovations that make it easier for enterprises to deploy new and evolve existing use cases to Couchbase.

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“Don is one of the most recognized and respected names in the database industry. The query language – SQL – that he created has become the de facto language for relational databases,” said Ravi Mayuram, senior vice president of engineering and products, Couchbase. “His expertise will be a great asset to our engineering team, particularly with regards to our new query language N1QL, which brings SQL to a new data model – JSON. We are excited to collaborate with and learn from a true database legend.”

Chamberlin is most widely known as a co-inventor of SQL, the world’s most widely used and first commercially successful database language. For over 30 years, he worked in IBM’s research division, where he conducted database research for IBM’s DB2 line of relational database products. As an IBM fellow at the Almaden Research Center, he made significant contributions to the development of XQuery, a query and functional programming language now widely used in electronic commerce, data integration and other web-based applications. Chamberlin is also a fellow of the Computer History Museum, an ACM and IEEE fellow, as well as an honorary Ph.D. at the University of Zurich.

“This is an exciting time to be working in database management, as a wave of fresh new ideas is sweeping through our industry,” said Chamberlin. “Couchbase is a leader in developing database technology to meet today’s changing requirements. In this time of rapid innovation, I look forward to working with the talented team of engineers at Couchbase.”

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