Note that it's prospective, not perspective.

I'm reading a blog post and found below paragraph.

It is impossible to resist the urge of exploring in-memory OLTP Engine (code name Hekaton) released as part of SQL Server 2014. This technology can provide you huge performance boost, assuming, of course, that you can live within surface area limitations. Nevertheless, internal implementation of in-memory OLTP is fascinating. Almost everything is done differently than what you get used to with SQL Server Storage Engine. To put things into prospective, I seriously considered to name this post as “Concurrency – upside down”.

There are two places that I can't fully understood.

  • that you can live within surface area limitations
  • To put things into prospective

I've looked up those corresponding words in dictionary but still have difficulty in understanding them. Can anyone help me on it? Great thanks.


There are some technical terms in the paragraph and you may not understand. Just ignore them and focus on the general parts.

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    It means the author made an error. – Dan Bron Jan 19 '15 at 7:30
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    Closing note: “Concurrency – upside down”. It's a play on the idiom "to put things into perspective," suitably changed to reflect an approach that turns things on their head: perspective, look back; prospective, look ahead. – Kris Jan 19 '15 at 7:34
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    @Kris Who says that perspective involves looking back? Used in this sense it is here (it is clearly a typo), it refers to 'a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view'. – WS2 Jan 19 '15 at 9:45
  • @WS2 That's one perspective, of course, that you are entitled to :) – Kris Jan 19 '15 at 13:16
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    I think this may be off-topic because it seeks to analyse incorrect usages from a non-native or incompetent speaker – FumbleFingers Jan 19 '15 at 14:03

The "surface area limitations" refer to considerations that somehow constrain performance in ways that I do not have the knowledge base to completely understand. If you can accomplish your task within these constraints, then the technology being discussed will give performance improvements.

The meaning of "to put things into prospective" is that the writer of the Blog:

  • does not know the correct idiom, or;
  • did not take the time to look it up, and spell "perspective" correctly.

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