Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance

Subject: Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 14:47:13 -0500

Tony Markos wrote:

To quote Ed Yourdon: "Procedure is like
dance: It defies written description". What Yourdon
means is that, like a software system, dance is
asynchronous (multidimensional): Many potential things
happening at the same time, and often complex
branching. Using text to try and document dance is
attempting to use a one-dimensional tool to document
multidimensional entity. To properly document a her
ballet, the ballerina primarily needs diagrams.


That's nonsense. Any n-dimensional structure can be mapped to a linear (one-dimensional) structure. And dance, like any procedure, can be documented very well.

Saying that a procedure can't (presumably on some theoretical grounds) be documented is like saying that a bumblebee, because it's wings are too short, can't fly.



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