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Re: [TF-LIB] COALESCE is an unhelpful choice of name

From: Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:13:33 -0500
Message-ID: <4AFD93BD.1070908@thefigtrees.net>
To: Kendall Clark <kendall@clarkparsia.com>
CC: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@talis.com>, RDF Data Access Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
Kendall Clark wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 11:58 AM, Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net> wrote:
> 
>> I'm not wedded to COALESCE and I recognize it's an obtuse word that's
>> confusing to non-SQL-heads and probably even more confusing to
>> non-native-English speakers.
>>
>> ...But I don't like any of these proposed choices either :)
> 
> How about GATHER (which is a pretty good synonym of "coalesce")?

It sounds a bit like something you do with berries and twigs :-), but I 
definitely prefer it to the other proposals, and probably indifferent to 
it vs. COALESCE (pro is it's a much nicer word, con is we're inventing 
something new).

Lee
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