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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
The neanderthal lives on in all of us.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
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.