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   RE: [xml-dev] What is coupling? [Was: 3 XML Design Principles]

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The intensional creation of a dependency.  

I assume you want the verb word sense.  Definitions 
from GuruNet and others included below.  Note that all of 
these include the notion of an intensional act.

Things can be accidentally coupled but those 
are usually mistakes.  The term used depends 
on the role/culture of the user which is why 
one has codelists, thesauri, etc.


From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:costello@mitre.org]

But this is getting off the topic: what is coupling?  /Roger

coupling:  verb

To join one thing to another: affix, attach, clip, connect, fasten, fix,
moor, secure. See assemble/disassemble.

To bring or come together into a united whole: coalesce, combine, compound,
concrete, conjoin, conjugate, connect, consolidate, join, link, marry, meld,
unify, unite, wed, yoke. See assemble/disassemble.

To come or bring together in one's mind or imagination: associate, bracket,
connect, correlate, identify, link. See same/different/compare.

To engage in sexual relations with: bed, copulate, have, mate, sleep with,
take. Idioms: go to bed with, make love, make whoopee, roll in the hay. See

NOTE FROM COMPUTING DICTIONARY (Includes degree of coupling):

The degree to which components depend on one another. There are two types of
coupling, "tight" and "loose". Loose coupling is desirable for good software
engineering but tight coupling may be necessary for maximum performance.
Coupling is increased when the data exchanged between components becomes
larger or more complex.


yoke: a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move


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