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Re: [xml-dev] Data is primary .... why?

I'll add one more:

c) If you don't understand your data, nothing you do will make sense.


At 2014-03-31 16:29, Michael Kay wrote:

On 31 Mar 2014, at 20:00, Costello, Roger L. <costello@mitre.org> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Long ago Michael Kay said something like this:
> Data is primary.

I've no idea what the context was, but I think there are probably two ways I would expand the statement:

(a) Data lasts longer than programs and has more value. Therefore don't lock your data into proprietary formats that won't survive the software used to create them.

(b) In designing a software system, the core piece of design that you need to get right is the data model.

Michael Kay


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