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Re: The wisdom of the object mentors (Was: Searching OO Associations with RDBMS Persistence Models)

From: Robert Martin <unclebob_at_objectmentor.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 12:00:34 +0200
Message-ID: <2006061312003443658-unclebob@objectmentorcom>


On 2006-06-02 04:06:37 +0200, Bob Badour <bbadour_at_pei.sympatico.ca> said:

> For other readers who might have a clue or who might want to get one, I
> direct folks to EWD 898:
>
> "The major attraction of the modern elixirs is that they relieve their
> consumers from the obligation of being precise by presenting an
> interface too fuzzy to be precise in: by suppressing the symptoms of
> impotence they create an illusion of power."
>
> http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD08xx/EWD898.html
>
> I am convinced that most OO proponents have been dipping heavily into
> the purple koolaid. They almost universally predicate everything they
> say or do on meaningless nonsense.

A great paper. I love the bit about "complexity sells". I wonder, between the two of us, which one of us was selling complexity when I said that the database was (in the abstract) a bucket of bits, and you were talking about relational calculus.

EWD is indirectly one of the fathers of OO. His name is on a book named "Structured Programming". In that book Dahl and Hoare describe Simula 67, arguably the first OOPL. They talked about how they stumbled upon the notion of objects by moving the stack frame of block-structured function from the stack to the heap.

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