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Re: What is source code?

From: Alan <alan_at_erols.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 16:28:13 -0400
Message-ID: <c61cot$6mpde$1@ID-114862.news.uni-berlin.de>


"Dawn M. Wolthuis" <dwolt_at_tincat-group.com> wrote in message news:c61c98$e7u$1_at_news.netins.net...
> "Alan" <alan_at_erols.com> wrote in message
> news:c61b34$6jlm5$1_at_ID-114862.news.uni-berlin.de...
> > You can theorize till the cows come home. Here is one dictionary
> definition.
> >
> > Subject: [wsdm][UPlat] Metadata Definition from Dictionary.com
> >
> >
> > meta-data
> >
> > <data> /me't*-day`t*/, or combinations of /may'-/ or
> > (Commonwealth) /mee'-/; /-dah`t*/ (Or "meta data") Data about
> > data. In data processing, meta-data is definitional data
> > that provides information about or documentation of other data
> > managed within an application or environment.
> >
> > For example, meta-data would document data about data
> > elements or attributes, (name, size, data type, etc) and
> > data about records or data structures (length, fields,
> > columns, etc) and data about data (where it is located, how it
> > is associated, ownership, etc.). Meta-data may include
> > descriptive information about the context, quality and
> > condition, or characteristics of the data.
> >
>
> and from this definition can you deduce whether source code is metadata or
> not? --dawn

I did. See my earlier post.

>
> > "Dawn M. Wolthuis" <dwolt_at_tincat-group.com> wrote in message
> > news:c6132d$aur$1_at_news.netins.net...
> > > "Laconic2" <laconic2_at_comcast.net> wrote in message
> > > news:WLWdnRkGdfEknR3d4p2dnA_at_comcast.com...
> > > > In another topic, the question got raised whether source code is
> > metadata.
> > > >
> > > > There is a way in which source code might be considered
"metaprocess".
> > It
> > > > tells the compiler what to do, in order that the compiler will tell
> the
> > > > target machine what to do.
> > >
> > > One can have metadata about processes as well as about data
attributes,
> > > right? The info that an IDE collects in order to generate classes -
> what
> > do
> > > you call that? What do you call a constraint placed on a data field?
> > What
> > > if that constraint is specified to a Java compiler instead of a
> > proprietary
> > > RDBMS compiler or interpreter?
> > >
> > > If metadata is only about data attributes for persistent data, then
that
> > > seems like a very narrow definition, but I prefer a narrow definition
to
> > > none. So, if we were to enumerate some metadata, it would include the
> > name
> > > of a field, but not the name of a process? It would include specs
about
> a
> > > field, but not specs related to a "virtual field"? or related to a
> virtual
> > > field and not to a subroutine to aggregate the information for the
> virtual
> > > field?
> > >
> > > Defining metadata as "data about data" doesn't narrow that down. I
> store
> > > all code as "data" -- it isn't any less data than a set of digital
films
> > > would be, right? Metadata is also data. That is why typically data
> about
> > > the data that describes data is called "metadata" too. A set of
> VIEWS --
> > > are those metadata?
> > >
> > > This is a matter of definition, but I think a definition worth
pursuing
> to
> > > get some common use of it. If source code is not metadata, is there a
> > > super-type for source code or is it a root concept? --dawn
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
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