[maemo-users] Postal address in Contacts?

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Tue Jun 24 18:09:37 EEST 2008
On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 4:25 PM, Simon Budig <simon at budig.de> wrote:
> Mark (wolfmane at gmail.com) wrote:
>> On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 4:24 AM, David Greaves <david at dgreaves.com> wrote:
>> > I suggest that, generically, import/export is a subset of sync.
>> >
>> > Sync to an empty service (using a CSV backing store?) = export.
>> > Sync from a full service (using a CSV backing store?) = import.
>> >
>> > Sync can also do merges and therefore sync is more powerful.
>> >
>> You have that backwards. Sync is more of a subset of import/export,
>> because sync only works for a very small number of the machines and
>> situations for which import/export works. But actually neither is a
>> true subset of the other, because there are some areas where they
>> don't overlap. You need a refresher on set theory.
> If Sync can do everything that im- and export can do then it is a
> superset of im- and export. Davids set theory is correct here. And he
> does describe exactly how he thinks about this.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Sync can NOT, and never will, be able to do
everything that import/export can do, any more than import/export will
ever be able to do everything that sync can do.

And the scenario above doesn't qualify as import/export, because
import/export deals specifically with non-native file formats. If you
are dealing strictly with native formats or protocols, it isn't
import/export. Which is the whole point: sync and import/export are
NOT the same thing.

Some sync apps include import/export functionality, but that is
*extra* and is *not* part of sync.

Sync cannot, and will never be able to, transmit data between apps
that have completely different functions, such as word processor and
spreadsheet, or spreadsheet and the body of an email message, or
database and spreadsheet. Sync alone cannot export data to a file that
I can view (and edit) with even the most basic text editor, then turn
around and import it into some other program. So no, import/export is
NOT a subset of sync. Some functions overlap, yes, but that doesn't
mean anything. You *can* edit text in your email program, but that
doesn't mean it is a word processor, or that it's the best place to do
that. It definitely doesn't mean that word processors are subsets of
email clients. It only means that there is some overlap of functions.
That's ALL.


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