Schemas for the Real World


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Great talk about how people don't neatly fit into a simple scheme. People are complex, and so is their data.

Good ideas to think about; when you make a complex problem simple (to a programmer), you may be making it more complex (and alienating) to the user. Good rationale to spend the extra effort on an app designed for its users, rather than for its database.

I was expecting more of a technical discussion about db schemas in social networking situations.

Andrew C. Vernon at 12:28 on 25 May 2014

I wasn't sure what to expect out of this talk, but I definitely got a lot out of it. This showed me how databases (and the UI/UX) can make a big difference -- especially in the social sciences where my clients do some work. This was one of the more thought-provoking talks at this conference, and I'm so glad that I went to it. I wish there were easier answers to the issues raised, however.