What ORMs have taught me: just learn SQL

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I've come to the conclusion that, for me, ORMs are more detriment than benefit. In short, they can be used to nicely augment working with SQL in a program, but they should not replace it.

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Regardless of whether I find that stored procedures aren't actually that evil or whether I keep using templated SQL, I do know one thing: I won't fall into the "ORMs make it easy" trap. They are an acceptable way to represent a data definition, but a poor way to write queries and a bad way to store object state. If you're using an RDBMS, bite the bullet and learn SQL.

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