Report customization nightmare
Mike or Penny Novack
stepbystepfarm at mtdata.com
Tue Jun 29 12:01:34 EDT 2010
>Tim> Maybe once the data gets stored in a relational database you can
>Tim> use off the shelf reporting tools.
I'm going to comment on the "coding" issue because not totally unrelated.
This is a case where "getting it to work" (however clumsily) is indeed
easier with a relational database but I have to say based on experience
from my days in the "cypher mines" that the average programmer wasn't
too swift with "set operations" (proper coding instead of clumsy
queries). There were several of their programs where I rewrote the
queries getting an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE improvement in performance!
The problem with scheme is of course unfamiliarity working with
the"functional" languages as most of us learned "procedural" languages
first and it's a different way of thinking. Not that some of our more
common languages can't be used both ways. While learning C I was
challenged to rewrite one of my simple programs so that it would be pure
"function evaluation" instead of "procedure" and yes it can be done.
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