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   Re: [xml-dev] Limericks, Stupidity, and Reality (was Re:[xml-dev] [ANN]

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At 10:11 PM 1/11/2002 -0500, John Cowan wrote:
>Mike Champion scripsit:
> > Is it REALLY going to be easier for inhabitants of
> > the Real World to develop useful declarative schemas
> > than useful procedural code?   Educate me!
>IMHO (and I really mean MO), the chief advantage of declarative
>code is that it's not procedural, and therefore provides a


>Whatever passes both a ruleset and hand-tailored
>code has a good chance of being correct, because although both
>of these need to be created by programmers (roughly defined as
>people who are capable of giving rigorous directions to intelligent
>morons, i.e. computers), and therefore are subject to error,
>the *kinds* of errors that people make writing each kind of code
>tend to be very different.

A second advantage is that declarative systems - which are, after all, tied 
to code - tend to allow for more reuse. If I have a way of declaring the 
metric feet for a limerick, I can reuse those declarations for a sonnet or 
an ode.



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