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Re: Eliminating Combinatorial Relationship Multiplication

From: Jeff Lanfield <>
Date: 6 Jul 2004 08:26:59 -0700
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As the original poster I would agree here. If it is solicited and relevant to the question asked it's not spam. I actually did end up buying Mr. Celko's book and can attest that it is quite useful for solving the class of problems I was interested in.

While in general people should not post ads for books they wrote on tech newsgroups an exception should definitely be made for cases like this one where the book contains pretty much the exact answer.

"Marshall Spight" <> wrote in message news:<8KNFc.20603$%_6.12831_at_attbi_s01>...
> "Daniel Morgan" <> wrote in message news:1088887202.344807_at_yasure...
> >
> > I don't show favoritism when it come to calling spam spam. Even when it
> > is someone as esteemed as Joe Celko.
> Spam is by definition unsolicited. An on-topic, helpful response to a
> usenet post requesting help is by definition solicited. Your "integrity"
> is just ball-busting on a guy who bends over backwards to help all
> comers for free, and also happens to sell some books for which
> he's probably lucky to clear $25,000 annually. (Trees and
> Hierarchies in SQL doesn't have the same cachet as the latest
> work by David Sedaris. In fact, it's Amazon's 16,754's most
> popular item, right behind the $350 "Suunto Yachtsman Wristop
> Computer Watch w/ Barometer and Compass", and you can
> bet a $350 wrist barometer isn't exactly flying off the shelves.)
> You're not engaging in spam-vigilance; you're just engaging
> in gratuitous anticommercialism.
> > But exactly what is it you have contributed to c.d.o.server?
> I could just as well ask what you've contributed to c.d.theory,
> but that wasn't the point. The point was that this thread isn't
> specific to your newsgroup; it spans multiple newsgroups.
> Expecting someone on this thread to conform to the customs
> of one of those newsgroups is as unrealistic as those folks in
> Snakewater, Iowa, who get upset when they see something
> that violates a local ordinance posted on the internet from
> New York City.
> But the absolute frosting on the cake, the hypocritical parsley
> on the potatoes, is the fact that both of your posts on this
> topic so far have included links to courses you teach at
> Washington. You're giving those courses away for free,
> I presume? Oh, no, wait, I see; Oracle Application Development
> is $1875. At least Joe's links to his book on Amazon were
> pertinent to the OP's question.
> Marshall
Received on Tue Jul 06 2004 - 10:26:59 CDT

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