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Re: Web Rule Language - WRL vs SWRL

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@isr.umd.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 00:14:53 -0400
Message-Id: <f8bf8541685dcd411ff3299259badcd0@isr.umd.edu>
Cc: www-rdf-rules@w3.org
To: Michael Kifer <kifer@cs.sunysb.edu>

On Jun 29, 2005, at 11:36 PM, Michael Kifer wrote:

> Bijan Parsia:
>>> This reminds me of the early days of SQL. Back then people believed
>>> that practitioners will actually understand the semantics *and use  
>>> it*.
>> I wonder if Date et al would diagnose things the same way.
>> (Actually, I don't wonder. I so believe :))

Er...I so believe he wouldn't. That was unclear.

> Date was not an inventor of SQL,

I know. He's just rather famous for his screeds against it. E.g., the  
third manifesto:

And, of course, the entertaining Fabian Pascal:

> but I don't see why he or any other author
> of a database textbook (myself included!) should be anything but fond  
> of SQL.
> After all, its screwy nature helps the bottom line.
> But Jim Gray gave a speech at PODS/SIGMOD in 1999 where he said:
> I invented it, and I apologize.

And then Date, "hey, that's not good enough":


I'll note, for the record, that our vitrol *clearly* doesn't measure up!

Bijan Parsia.
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