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Re: Date's First Great Blunder

From: Laconic2 <laconic2_at_comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 10:36:53 -0400
Message-ID: <jeGdnWAeTr7WXBLd4p2dnA@comcast.com>


> > Where is Bob Badour's verve when one wants it?
>
> Laconic2?

Nooooo. I'm very much not Bob B.

Where I'm coming from is halfway between C.J. Date (as in "Theory IS practical") and Yogi Berra (as in "in theory, there is no difference between practice and theory; in practice, there is.")

As far as I'm concerned, theory, like modeling, or normalization, used judiciously, can be used to GREAT advantage to get more useful work out of data that has been captured. But the matter of getting it done, today, is a matter of great compromise between what IS, and what OUGHT TO BE. As far as I can tell, Bob B. never thought that way, at all.

Leandro considers me a troll, because I'm a heretic. Meanwhile, Dawn treats me like a "member of the relational camp" because I use phrases like "the hierarachical data model". The truth is, I got interested in this stuff because I just wanted to get a job done, and I found that applying "relational lite" was an enormously productive and useful way to go. Received on Wed Apr 28 2004 - 09:36:53 CDT

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