Subject: Re: [xsl] When to use text()|
From: Ihe Onwuka <ihe.onwuka@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:45:54 +0000
On Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > If there's a lesson from this thread, it's that Ihe and many others don't want complete explanations. They haven't got time for them. They want something short and simple that is true most of the time. They don't mind the fact that as a result, their programs will sometimes be wrong. > Consider the relational database world with the kerfuffle over nulls. I'm not saying it's my attitude to 3 valued logic but given that someone as eminent as Date has publicly said not to use the things does one need to have a complete explanation to make a decision one way or t'other. One could get to the sentence that says leads to unintuitive/surprisng results(I'm paraphrasing) and either decide to proceed caveat emptor or ignore the things altogether. So perhaps the database world offers a parallel lesson. Do database gurus go around saying the behaviour of nulls is perfectly comprehensible and/or challenging people to read the SQL spec and/or justify why they are not?