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paul c wrote:
> Bob Badour wrote:
>
>> Christian Brunschen wrote: >> >>> ... >> >> Fair enough. >> >> >> also because I am coming mainly from the direction of >> >>> being a pragmatic software developer rather than a deep theorist on any >>> particular subject. >> >> >> With all due respect, software development is applied mathematics. One >> cannot be pragmatic about it while not knowing the underlying theory. >> >> Similarly, pragmatic electrical engineers know Ohm's Law, Maxwell's >> Equations and Stoke's Theorem. I cannot imagine an electrical engineer >> claiming both pragmatism and ignorance of the theory of his field. >> ...
Anything can be qualified--the question is should it?
Sometimes it is enough to
> know that verging into certain territory will put one in over one's
> head. I remember learning years ago that much of electrical engineering
> has to do with recognizing when the 'first approximation' is sufficient
> for circuit design, eg., certain circuits don't require the calculation
> of say, impedance or capacitance, ie., so-called second or third
> approximations.
I will substitute inductance for impedance and assume you mean in circuits whose impedance is generally resistive.
Applying a given rdbms product seems similar, for
> example, it seems one could spend a few years trying to understand 3VL,
> or given the shortness of life, just say no and decide to avoid nulls.
You seem to have veered off into a wild tangent.
> (Granted that the word "approximation" in relational theory context is
> by itself a dangerous one to use, but that's a danger in all parallels.)
Received on Thu Jun 29 2006 - 15:13:18 CDT