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Re: [ontolog-forum] quadruples talk

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From: Chris Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 12:16:15 -0500
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On Sun, Sep 16, 2007 at 11:21:08AM -0400, Patrick Durusau wrote:
> As far as CL being "king of the hill" I would only offer the
> observation that if project requirements require its use, by all means
> use it. One can shred paper with a chain saw but I would not recommend
> it. Choose the tool that is appropriate to what you are trying to do,
> not on the basis of it being a great tool.    (01)

Sound advice for sure, but just to clarify:  It is a misunderstanding
(one that at least *seems* to be suggested above) that CL is a single,
powerful representation language that saddles you with sophisticated
high-end features that are largely unnecessary in most workaday
environments.  CL is not a single representation language, but rather a
general framework for *specifying* languages across a wide spectrum --
from spare languages with only a single nonlogical symbol or two and a
restrictive syntax tailored to a tightly closed domain, to languages
with infinitely many nonlogical symbols and a very free syntax
supporting fully anarchic, open networks.  A better analogy than your
chainsaw paper shredder might be a Swiss Army knife, where the bulk of
the features lie hidden and you only draw upon the ones you need for the
task at hand.    (02)

-chris    (03)

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