Records tell a story. Tax accountants, for instance, often get rare glimpses into their clients’ inner worlds.

In exploring the principle of proximity through space and looking at the passage of data from within and without a system, we piece together a story, where the gaps can be just as revealing as the content. By placing the sequence of controls against the passage of time, we piece together yet a different story.

Proximity is the first step to understanding other principles: alignment, coupling, balance and resilience. Like all principles, it can be used and misused. To this end, we will cover an example where proximity is less than ideal.

From a distance

Data within an application can undergo multiple forms ...

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