One of the most important books in our field is William Kent’s, Data and Reality, which was published back in….well a long time ago.
Technics Publications has the honor of republishing this book, and I have updated this 3rd edition with my commentary. Graeme Simsion has written the foreword, and the book can bepre-ordered on Amazon and through Technics Publications, with a scheduled release date of March 1st, 2012.
This is one of the quotes in the book:
We do not, it seems, have a very clear and commonly agreed upon set of notions about data – either what they are, how they should be fed and cared for, or their relation to the design of programming languages and operating systems.