CHAPTER 11

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Languages and Programming Interfaces

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.

—Martin Fowler

As far as the customer is concerned, the interface is the product.

—Jef Raskin

Crucial to the dominance of the relational database was the almost universal adoption of the SQL language as the mechanism for querying and modifying data. SQL is not a perfect language, but it has demonstrated sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of both non-programming database users and professional database programmers. Programmers embed SQL in programming languages, while non-programmers ...

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