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Re: How to model searchable properties of an entity

From: Laconic2 <laconic2_at_comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 09:29:44 -0400
Message-ID: <j6CdnT9i7JFVN7ncRVn-oA@comcast.com>

"Bernard Peek" <bap_at_shrdlu.com> wrote in message news:GXRUQf9QJIJBFwXx_at_shrdlu.com...
> In message <cg1fa1$52m$1_at_voyager.news.surf.net>, pstnotpd

> He was quoting me there. The point of EAV is to build a database without
> a logical data model. You don't need one to build an EAV system.

Excellent point!

>
> It reminds me of the C language.
>
> The greatest advantage of the C language is that in the hands of a
> competent programmer it can do anything.
>
> The greatest disadvantage of the C language is that in the hands of an
> incompetent programmer it can do anything.

Way back in 1980, I decided to learn a new "structured" language, instead of ALGOL. Because of what was available on the machine I was moving towards (a VAX), I chose PASCAL.

I got a lot of contempt from C programmers, who told me that "strong typing is for sissies".

They got to learn how the debugger works, real well. I had already learned that in an earlier lifetime, so I didn't want to learn it again. Instead, I spent the time learning data normalization.

Now people are telling me that "normalization is for sissies". Received on Thu Aug 19 2004 - 08:29:44 CDT

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