Re: Examples of SQL anomalies?

From: Brian Selzer <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 12:46:01 -0400
Message-ID: <zF6ck.11340$>

"Cimode" <> wrote in message
> On 6 juil, 15:43, "Brian Selzer" <> wrote:
> [Snipped]

>> >> The users know what the data is supposed to mean.  The system hasn't a
>> >> clue.
>> > I do not understand how you place system and people on the same
>> > standpoint.  Don't you believe in need-to-know basis?
>> What has that to do with it?

> Everything. Why do you want to place the burden of data interpretation
> on people at run time. What is the point designing systems to present
> information to people if they have to spend hours guessing what it
> means?

I would place the burden of data interpretation on people because it is only people that can interpret data.

Why would they have to spend hours? Hopefully any system would present enough complete information to obviate most guesses, but for the rest, given a choice between being given a potentially wrong answer and being told that the information is incomplete, I (and most people I know) would prefer the latter, even if it required a little extra effort on my part. Received on Sun Jul 06 2008 - 18:46:01 CEST

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