Re: limits of the generic
> At 06:12 PM 9/27/2002 -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote: > > > Is it wrong for SQL or Java to have datatypes? > > > >Within their own contexts, no. Extending those types beyond SQL or > >Java processing creates a whole new set of problems that people who > >use SQL or Java seem to be remarkably bad at recognizing. > > Such as? That information doesn't always come in neat table/object boxes. That a set of data types developed for efficient storage in a particular implementation situation may or may not work in other situations, or, more generally. Even getting SQL and Java (or other programming environ) people to agree about data modeling issues is difficult enough that I can't figure out where they get the courage to think their values are appropriate for the rest of the universe. That the perspectives of programmers matter more than the opinions of non-programmers. In short, although I work with both Java and SQL, I do my damndest to keep those perspectives in their own contexts and not pretend they have anything at all to do with markup. Funny thing is, people who can't recognize those boundaries yammer on and on about how the boundaries don't exist, and keep producing enormous piles of junk that purport to organize the markup world in ways that have really not a thing to do with marking up. I'm tired of it, to say the least. ------------- Simon St.Laurent - SSL is my TLA http://simonstl.com may be my URI http://monasticxml.org may be my ascetic URI urn:oid:126.96.36.199.4.1.6320 is another possibility altogether
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