This question is not about the difference between SQL and NoSQL. I am looking for some rationale for something that really does not make sense to me at the moment (maybe because of my lack of understanding or appreciation).
We have started a new project from scratch using MVC5, Entity framework 6 code first and SQL Server 2008. When the architect reviewed the database schema it was stated that all foreign keys and other such constraints should be removed as this is “business logic” and should be applied within the business layer of the application code.
My opinion is that foreign keys form part of data/referential integrity and do not really mimic business logic. I see business logic as more the process and validation which controls what/when/how/why references are applied. I can kind of understand that unique constraints are arguably business processes, but for me this just complements the logic and forms part of the integrity.
A second argument is the aim is to adopt a NoSQL approach to the data. I found this really unusual and unorthodox: considering the use of SQL-Server 2008, the need for reporting, the data not scaling to terabytes and the lack of consideration towards technologies such as Mongo, Raven, etc.
Has anyone came across such a scenario before? Why would anyone adopt a NoSQL approach in an SQL Server designed for referential data and not want foreign keys?