Re: What databases have taught me

From: topmind <>
Date: 25 Jun 2006 14:14:32 -0700
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> > I can't think of a single statement that would be more antithetical to
> > what the OO paradigm is about.
> Thank you for stepping forward to exemplify my recent statement that use
> of the word 'paradigm' is the surest sign of a self-aggrandizing
> ignorant. After all, 'paradigm' has many meanings where for each meaning
> a better word exists.
> OO is a computational model and not a paradigm unless by 'paradigm' one
> means an example of a computational model. Idiot. Further, it is a
> computational model comprising a collection of features useful for
> constructing large unpredictable state machines from small predictable
> state machines or otherwise picked arbitrarily in the mid to late 1960's
> for what seemed expedient at the time.

Lighten up, guys. "Paradigm" might not be precise, but few words are in software design. There are often may ways to say the same thing and many ways to interpret definitions and many ways to write a program to return the same answer.

I suggest you try to focus on more practical issues, such as comparing solutions to realistic scenarios rather than get bogged down in a definition battle. When software design is turned into a science rather than an art, then revisit definitions. Until then, stop bickering over art.

-T- Received on Sun Jun 25 2006 - 23:14:32 CEST

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