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gav (2710)

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Wednesday April 03, 2002
07:33 PM

no tv?

[ #3961 ]
nothing on tv again?

24 rocks and I have been quite addicted.

This week I have come to the conclusion that users don't understand data. Most people can't seem to grasp that computers 'see' things differently to them. I was trying to explain that it is pretty hard to write a program that can tell a size from a color, no matter how easy it is for you. Yesterday's gotcha was that that you can't just stick 1/4", 1/4 (6mm), 1/4" ( 6mm) and 1/4",adjustable in the database and expect to be able to search them sensibly.

/me goes to look for A dummies guide to data

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  • When I worked at KAOS, one of the seat-warmers who styled himself a "database programmer" ("I learnded FileMakers!") once came sobbing to me that he couldn't take a plain string "4/5/99" and subtract a plain string "3/20/99" and get 16, and why doesn't it work, huh Torgo?

    I started to explain that you have to convert them to... and he interrupted me and started moaning "I JUST WAAANT IT TO WOOOOOOORRRRRRRRK!!!". As if I would stop what I was doing, pull a Clifford the Big Red Dog Does Date Conversion For Yo