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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:15:10 -0400
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Kingsley -

On Sep 10, 2013, at 9:22 AM, Kingsley Idehen wrote:

 software languages are tools and data is like material.

Agreed... raw material(s) + tool(s) = finished good(s).

and of course one man's "finished good" (a car door) is the next guys raw material/sub component for the ultimate car.

when data representation formats determine the existence of non existence of semantics. 

I've had "discussions" over Zip Code & Postal code... many people would claim they are different.  I argue that within the context of a business & its mail room they're actually pretty much the "same"—kinda like?, sorta like?, almost like?, very similar to?—thing... rather like how water & ice are the "same."  Same thing... different form.

But obviously from the viewpoint of the DBA trying to keep databases running, there's a different story.

my reference to conflating RDF/XML and Semantics. 

As long as I'm not in CSAIL, I typically offer that the dirty little secret of the SW is there's no Semantics.

Actually caught TBL lowering the "semantics" marketing flag in an IAP class & admitting the SW is really about LOD... leaving, as always the semantics to be invisibly implicit.  Ready & waiting to be interpreted differently by the next person who opens the crypt.

David Eddy
Babson Park, MA


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