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Data and Reality: A Timeless Perspective on Perceiving and Managing Information in Our Imprecise World, 3rd Edition by William Kent

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Chapter 8. The Record Model

Records provide a very efficient basis for processing data. They enable us to map out very regular storage structures. They make it easy to write iterative programs for processing large volumes of data. They make it easy to partition data into convenient units for moving around, locking up, creating, destroying, etc.

In short, record technology reflects our attempt to find efficient ways to process data. It does not reflect the natural structure of information. Senko refers to "a major commitment to particular restrictive representations like the arrays of scientific computation, the extensional aspects of set notations, the n-tuples of relations, the cards, records, files, or data sets of commercial systems and the ...

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