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Message Posted: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 @ 09:02:38 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Regarding Java with Teradata
From:   McCall, Glenn David

  Hi Glenn, we do know about Teradata Exchange. Just curious about how the site is organized, because to me it's a little bit strange.  

I'm sure these comments back "from the horses mouth" will explain some of mysteries of the dev ex organisation:

Most important point is the last point in Neil's reply


  The threads in the forum are not chronologically ordered,  

Threads are ordered by most recent activity. This model presents more relevant content than thread creation date. For example, today is Apr 19th. Imagine there was a topic posted on Apr 10th. Nobody responds to it for several days, then there's a response, then a flood of responses today: this topic should be presented near the top of the list, ahead of a topic from yesterday that hasn't had any activity since.

  and each URL is assigned a unique name (how can you handle thousands of topics in the future?  

URLs are auto-generated based on the topic, with punctuation etc stripped out. If there's ever a clash with a pre-existing URL, an incremental number is appended to the URL (e.g. /database/sql-error, /database/sql-error-1, etc).

More importantly, we fully support the practice of using Semantic URLs ( en.wikipedia.org... ).

Earlier forum software had URLs such as /teradataForum/FindTopic.aspx?id=34251 as opposed to /database/sql-error now. There are multiple reasons why we prefer semantic URLs. These are pretty obvious, but briefly:

- Semantic URLs are information-bearing. In our case you can see the category ('database') and subject ('sql error') from the URL. This also makes a significant difference in web search, as the URL is one of the most important factors in search engine ranking of pages.

- Semantic URLs are implementation-independent (the topic id 34251 will not be the same if you migrate to new software, as we recently did).

- Semantic URLs don't contain junk (such as ".aspx?id=") that is of no relevance to the user.

If you'd like to continue this conversation, a good place for discussion of DevX features and usability is the General forum:


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