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

From: Orri Erling <erling@xs4all.nl>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:21:49 +0100
Message-Id: <200911171422.nAHEMNGm040488@smtp-vbr8.xs4all.nl>
To: "'Andy Seaborne'" <andy.seaborne@talis.com>, "'Kjetil Kjernsmo'" <kjetil@kjernsmo.net>
Cc: <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>


Firstbound (?x, ?y, ...)

Would have a clear meaning, clearer than coalesce.
Of course SQL is the single near universally  adopted query language in
addition to keyword search, so there are reasons of familiarity.  But from
the name coalesce one cannot easily guess what the function does.

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