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Re: repeating groups

From: David Cressey <dcressey_at_verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 14:10:45 GMT
Message-ID: <FbFKf.8299$PL2.119@trndny03>

"Marshall Spight" <marshall.spight_at_gmail.com> wrote in message news:1140510364.302633.157300_at_g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> dawn wrote:
> > Marshall Spight wrote:
> > <snip>
> > > > Metaphors of all kinds are useful for interface design, including
> > > > visual, language, and mathematics. If you try to use understandable
> > > > variable names, you recognize the importance of modeling with
language.
> > >
> > > Okay, I guess I kinda see what you mean.
> > >
> > > I'm not sure, though, if mathematics belongs in the above list.
> > > I think when we do software, we are doing actual math,
> > > not metaphorical math.
> >
> > We are using mathematics as a metaphor for some aspect of reality. A
> > mathematical model is a metaphor. I agree that when we program we are
> > doing mathematics. We are modeling. We are designing. We are
> > constructing. We are solving business problems. We are communicating.

>

> Agreed.
>
>

> > It isn't exclusively mathematics, but that certainly is a significant
> > aspect of it.
>

> Hmmm. It seems like it's all math to me-- the programming part
> is all math. Talking to customers and doing the design isn't math;
> is that what you meant?

>
>

The semantics of the data isn't math (most of the time). Received on Tue Feb 21 2006 - 08:10:45 CST

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