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Presentation layer

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A question frequently asked by many web application developers:

Where do I build a presentation layer for my data?

Do I do it on SQL side or on PHP / ASP /whatever side?

This is a very interesting question.

A famous Chinese proverb (which like the majority of famous Chinese proverbs is invented by a Western journalist) says A picture is worth a thousand words.

A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words.
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How do you think, why it is? What's so good in a picture?

Seems to be a strange question. A picture just tells more. If you look at a picture, you get an overall impression, which can be hardly expressed using words. Words just don't pull the right strings in your mind, those that a picture does. And the words are harder to read, they are more numerous. And a dozen of other reasons.

However, the main reason seems to be this: you cannot give a complete description of a picture using words.

But can it be so that a word is worth a thousand pictures?

Sure it can. And any book fan who had seen the screen version of his favorite work can confirm it.

From Douglas Adams's masterpiece The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

A hole had just appeared in the Galaxy. It was exactly a nothingth of a second long, a nothingth of an inch wide, and quite a lot of million light years from end to end.

Or this one:

Five wild Event Maelstroms swirled in vicious storms of unreason and spewed up a pavement. On the pavement lay Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent gulping like half-spent fish.

Adams knew how to arrange his words so that they draw a perfect, vivid picture in the reader's mind.

The problem is that everyone gets his very own picture.

What do you imagine when reading of a storm of unreason? Can you show a nothingth of an inch wide on your fingers? Can you sketch some Vogon poetry to show how really bad it is?

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Written by Quassnoi

August 16th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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