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Current data processing is suffering from the bane of the many data silos. Data is locked up in a hierarchy of containers and can hardly be connected in new ways. Once data has been grouped into relational database tables or object oriented classes, it...
If you´ve followed my postings on associative/relationalistic approaches to information representation and were interested in implementations of the Pile concepts (see [1] and [2] for words from the horse´s mouth) you might also have stumbled across a...
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I fired a little too fast when I did my previous posting . Although I wouldn´t say what I wrote is wrong, I´d say it´s not in proper shape yet. There are quite some aspects (sic!) to take into account concerning software design and I´m not yet satisfied...
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Ok, finally - after another digression on Pile fundamentals (and I guess, more needs to be said, but not right now) - I´ll quickly describe my prototype implementation of a Pile engine as well as a Pile agent/client to use it for searching in plain text...
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After some philosophical digressions now on to "More matter, less art" as Hamlet´s mother says. Lets step up the ladder of abstraction and look at how to put the elementary particle, those associations, to some tangible use. How about implementing a little...
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In my previouse posting I´ve described the Pile view of the "world of data": focus on associations, not data. Todays I wanted to put meat on this theoretical skelleton and show you code I wrote. But first let me insert a little philosophical deviation...
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Yesterday I wrote about why I think WinFS is a step forward - but in the end will not really solve the problem of the penned up data. WinFS´ data units (the objects, e.g. contacts, appointments and what not) simply are still too coarse grained. And even...
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Have you had a look at WinFS? No, you should. It´s cool. Or maybe I should say: It could be even more cool, if it didn´t stop too early. The basic idea behind WinFS is: set your data free! Unlock the gems hidden in large databases! Microsoft´s fundamental...
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Currently no day goes by without me learning something new about Pile - the idea of storing relations instead of data. Yesterday I introduced you to Pile and talked about trees growing bottom up. The roots of these trees are at the bottom and the leaves...
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After my recent talk on the Software Cells model for designing software at the iX developer conference in Cologne , Germany, I was approached by Peter Krieg of Pile Systems who saw some similarity in our thinking. He asked me, if I was ready for a new...
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