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quotes about the importance of your data model

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    fred brooks table quote

    Show me your flowcharts and conceal your tables, and I shall continue to be mystified. Show me your tables, and I won’t usually need your flowcharts; they’ll be obvious.

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    excerpt from Linus 2006 email about git

    I'd also like to point out that unlike every single horror I've ever 
    witnessed when looking closer at SCM products, git actually has a simple 
    design, with stable and reasonably well-documented data structures. In 
    fact, I'm a huge proponent of designing your code around the data, rather 
    than the other way around, and I think it's one of the reasons git has 
    been fairly successful (*).
    So it's easy enough to just write whatever Java code or something to just 
    access the databases yourself. The object model of git may be smart, but 
    it's neither proprietary nor patented. I suspect it's often a lot easier 
    to integrate git into other projects _that_ way, rather than try to 
    actually port the code itself.
    (*) I will, in fact, claim that the difference between a bad programmer 
    and a good one is whether he considers his code or his data structures 
    more important. Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers 
    worry about data structures and their relationships.
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    Rob Pike's 5th rule of programming

    Data dominates. If you've chosen the right data structures and organized things well, the algorithms will almost always be self-evident. Data structures, not algorithms, are central to programming.

  • Starting at 4:21: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKWGGDXe5MA&t=261s

    A computer is a, high-class, super speed, nice, streamlined filing system.


    One of the miseries of life is that everybody names thing a little bit wrong


    [A] computer does not primarily compute in the sense of doing arithmetic. Strange. Although they call them computers that's not what they primarily do. They primarily are filing systems. People in the computer business say they're not primarily computers, they're data handlers.

  • Not actually on this topic, but related by analogy