[Pipet Devel] Loci and data storage

J.W. Bizzaro bizzaro at bc.edu
Thu Sep 23 00:43:28 EDT 1999

"J.W. Bizzaro" wrote:
> But again, I'm not sure everything has to be put in some database.
> What do you guys think?

Ah!  A 'container locus' is a database!  Container loci contain multiple loci,
which can in reality be in a database.  Ureeka!

Look at how Visio puts objects in a pane (green background) on the left:


And the same with Logo Blocks:


Since objects need to be categorized (Logo Blocks has selection buttons
underneath the pane to switch between categories), Loci will have one 'container
locus' per category (of the user's choosing), which is a locus whose 'windowlet'
is a list of the loci contained therein.  And container loci can be add to,
subtracted from, created and destroyed by the user, ultimately making a very
flexible system.  (I wrote about this a few weeks ago.)  But making the
container a relational database too makes the 'Loci way' MUCH MORE POWERFUL than
anything else I've heard of!  Cool idea, Gary.

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