Re: Serializations and data structures (was Re: Topic Maps onSQL)
* Lars Marius Garshol > > Well, you can't very well transmit the data model itself between computers > or down through time. In other words: you must have the serialization > syntax. The question is: is an explicit specification of the data model > of any use? * W. Eliot Kimber > > Do you mean the definition of the data model or instances of data that > conform to it? Instances of the data model, hamlet.xml, for example. To be really precise (as I should have been all along): in-memory instances encoded as electrical impulses in the memory chips of a particular computer (or a set of computers), possibly swapped out to disk, but part of runtime memory of a specific program. > If you mean the latter, again, we have defined serialization mechanisms > that allow the data instances to be reliably transmitted: [actual examples > snipped] Let me quote myself: "In other words: you must have [a] serialization syntax." Whether it is XML or serialized CORBA objects is immaterial, but you do need a syntax to ensure that the information persists and that you can transmit it to another computer or program. So the question remains: do you need an explicit specification of the data model? --Lars M. xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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