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Function Invertability for SARGability

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Published Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:42 PM by Rob Farley

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Alexander Kuznetsov said:


I don't think this is such a good idea. The requested feature is not a must have, there is a very easy workaround. It is a nice to have feature we can live without.

Adding non-essential features slowly kills systems. Ray Ozzie's parting memo to Microsoft is a very good read.

More specifically, the following discussion on Bart Duncan's blog illustrates how complex it is to make any changes to a complex system:

More features does not always mean a better system. In many cases less is more. Just look at the lightning fast Chrome. Look at the recently released Mozilla, which is almost not advertised at all, yet downloaded by millions. Look at Git - it is very simple, not much advertised, and its popularity grows exponentially.

March 23, 2011 10:59 PM

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