Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance

Subject: Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance
From: Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 12:06:05 -0800 (PST)

Dick:

Your right. Ed Yourdon, James Robertson, the three
amigos (the guys who invented the UML), the entire
requirements engineering profession, and the heads of
all systems engineering departments at all the major
universities are all wrong: Using text is the way to
document a multidimensional system (of manual and
automated interacting procedures).

Tony Markos

--- Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:

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 documen
multidimensional entity. To properly document her
ballet, the ballerina primarily needs diagrams.

Tony,
>
> 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.
>
> Dick
>
>


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