Archives / 2004 / July
  • Planning for the Future

    Alex Campbell griped a bit earlier about how much of a complete pain in the butt it is to maintain an overly complex system. Demonstrative/educational reasons aside, it's quite unnecessary to build platform flexibility into a system when the platform has already been decided. Yes, I do realize that punch card based data providers do not support stored procedures, but sometimes it's just easier to code for a SQL-92 database provider than to build an abstract data factory layer that can handle anything, including cuneiform tablets. Anyways, that got me thinking ... do folks in other fields think with the same “what if they change their mind later” mindset ...