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Re: Addressing ISSUE-64 and ISSUE-65

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:45:40 +0100
Cc: Juan Sequeda <juanfederico@gmail.com>, W3C RDB2RDF <public-rdb2rdf-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <76D156EF-CEA3-40AF-851E-80A737942E87@cyganiak.de>
To: Eric Prud'hommeaux <eric@w3.org>
On 23 Aug 2011, at 14:17, Eric Prud'hommeaux wrote:
> I believe I've examined exactly this proposal in a message earlier in this thread <http://www.w3.org/mid/20110817224806.GM28022@w3.org>:
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> I've not heard what the motivation is to make the common case queries and rules harder to write. I don't think we should complicate users' lives without some motivation beyond an aesthetic objection to exceptions.

I've responded in detail here:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdb2rdf-wg/2011Aug/0122.html

I'll quote the conclusion, but please go read the whole thing.

>> You're optimizing for the “hello, world” case at the expense of real-world usability. You're pretending that funky characters in identifiers are a rare corner case that doesn't really happen and that you don't need to worry about. I'm sorry but that doesn't work. Believe me, I've tried that approach in D2RQ and it doesn't work. Our second-most frequent class of bugs over the years has been the result of me assuming, “oh no one would ever be so stupid to put *that* character into a column name, right?”


Best,
Richard
Received on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:46:37 UTC

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