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Re: Sorry, I don’t speak SPARQL - A Survey

From: carmen <_@whats-your.name>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 00:57:14 +0000
To: semantic-web@w3.org
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this is not intended to be snarky - you'd have to pay me to use SPARQL, or fill out surveys about it. ive even tried getting paid to write SPARQL by applying to jobs at companies like Metaweb, Twine, Cambridge Semantics, programming positions at universities, offshoots and spinoffs like "innovation labs" and "library labs" for years and years and never hear back from any of them. so i'm forced by market dynamics into doing JSON-based apps clients ask for unless i'd want to personally invest something i'm not crazy about:


in SPARQL, i really disdain the usage of "binding variables" With their arbitrary names like ?A which mean nothing and complicate readability, adding a level of indirection and potential errors.

much like CSS selectors can return a collection of the DOM without introducing temporary variablenames, point-free coding style can glue together functions without arbitrarily naming arguments with throaway referencenames - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2464406/point-free-in-haskell . if i were to create a query-language, it would likely be as a DSL in Haskell, and later ported to Javascript 
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