RE: On the promotion and demotion of information items (was Re
I still see data dictionary entries with so-called, reserved for future use, fields. It usually means the designer had a clever notion and then decided it was YAGNI for now, or ran out of time. Maybe it is a habit like being a pack rat and never throwing away anything that could *possibly* be useful. They also document the obsolete fields. Why? The conversion folks get lost otherwise. The neanderthal lives on in all of us. len From: ari@c... [mailto:ari@c...] As long as Len is going on his Neanderthal nostalgia, I might mention that when I programmed for a certain government entity, and they used fixed record-length files (don't ask), the requirement was to allocate so many bytes at the end of each structure one designed for a field that had to be called FFU. For Future Use.
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