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RE: [xml-dev] RE: Declarative programming requires a different mindset

> Should the Wikipedia page be modified?
> /Roger
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declarative_programming 

It looks like a classic example of a Wikipedia article that's trying to give
the appearance of a taxonomy, while actually containing a random collection
of unrelated paragraphs added by different people with different ideas (and
different depths of understanding) about the topic.

Yes, it should be modified - but in my experience it's very hard to sort out
Wikipedia articles like this. You can only do it with the help of definitive
references. The article starts well by adopting a definition from a paper by
J W Lloyd, but then it adds all sorts of stuff (like domain-specific
languages) that's outside Lloyd's definition, with no cited references to
justify their inclusion. The best way forward is to be brutal and delete
such content, but you may find that it's reinstated by people who are fond
of their own pet theories.


Michael Kay

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