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Steven J. DeRose wrote:
> At 14:21 -0500 2005-08-23, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>> ... His papers on these topics from
>> the late 80s are seminal.
> Many thanks, Len.
> Of course, those papers and $5 get me a Starbucks coffee. Most of my
> clients don't care about papers; they need schemas, software, guidance
> through the standards maze, etc -- especially integration of thought on
> how to put together a lot of pieces. Takes a certain amount of work so
> people know you're able and available to apply all that stuff directly
> to their practical issues. The indexer issues in this thread, for
> example, are very interesting and complex. The DB world is just starting
> to address them, and key developments like query optimization are not
> there yet. I think XQuery also still needs a lot of work in the text
> domain. So assembling a system that works well from the tools at hand is
> far from trivial.
I don't know if that is true or at least not as bad as you make it out
to be. If you use the 80/20 rule (as is generally understood today), I
think it is trivial - for simple folk like me. It comes down to the best
way to deal with the current reality. If you want to cover everything
then you will never get there (an archer shoots an arrow which has to go
half way first always).