RE: Proposal: a building block approach to XML design
Hi Folks, A while back I read this in a book on functional programming: The functional programmer, then, should approach a new application by seeking to identify the programming idioms common in that application area, and to define them as (probably higher order) functions. Each particular application program should then be built by so far as possible combining these functions, rather than writing new code. (Perhaps for this reason, such functions are often called combinators). The benefits of such an approach are very rapid programming, once the library of idioms is defined, and very often that application programs are correct first time, since they are built by assembling correct components. It occurs to me that this applies to data design as well -- identify the data idioms common in the application area. Another name for "data idioms" is building blocks. Thoughts? /Roger
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