[XML-DEV Mailing List Archive Home] [By Thread] [By Date] [Recent Entries] [Reply To This Message]

Modularity (was: Linkbases, Topic Maps,and RDF Knowledge Bases -- help m

  • From: "Steven R. Newcomb" <srn@c...>
  • To: jenglish@f...
  • Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2001 21:17:14 -0500

modularity knowledge
[Joe English:]
> For example, in XLink <URL:
> http://www.foo.com/doc.xml#bar > and <URL:
> http://www.foo.com/doc.xml#xpointer(id('bar')) 
> mean the same thing, but in RDF they're different.


I really wish that, on the Web and everywhere else,
addressing (e.g., URIs) were entirely functionally
distinct from the many applications of addressing
(e.g. XLink and RDF).  

We lay painful and expensive traps for ourselves
whenever we fail to take advantage of natural modular
distinctions, like the distinction between addressing,
on the one hand, and everything that uses addressing,
on the other.  

Modularity liberates evolution.  Modules can be
upgraded as needed, and, at any one time, there can be
more than one module that performs essentially the same
function.  Upgrading everything at once is basically
impossible, so the failure to modularize leads to long
periods of wasteful stagnation punctuated by
unbelievably expensive and awkward revolutions, each of
which is accompanied by all kinds of collateral damage,
waste, uncertainty and fear.  Ugh.  It's high time for
us to stop hurting ourselves this way.

If you don't see the rapid and smooth evolution of
efficient information management as a good and
necessary thing, dear reader, please ask yourself
whether you're really eager to delay progress in, say,
medicine, for example, while you yourself are growing


Steven R. Newcomb, Consultant

voice: +1 972 359 8160
fax:   +1 972 359 0270

405 Flagler Court
Allen, Texas 75013-2821 USA


Purchasing Stylus Studio from our online shop is Easy, Secure and Value Priced!

Buy Stylus Studio Now

Download The World's Best XML IDE!

Accelerate XML development with our award-winning XML IDE - Download a free trial today!

Don't miss another message! Subscribe to this list today.
First Name
Last Name
Subscribe in XML format
RSS 2.0
Atom 0.3

Stylus Studio has published XML-DEV in RSS and ATOM formats, enabling users to easily subcribe to the list from their preferred news reader application.

Stylus Studio Sponsored Links are added links designed to provide related and additional information to the visitors of this website. they were not included by the author in the initial post. To view the content without the Sponsor Links please click here.

Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Trademarks
Free Stylus Studio XML Training:
W3C Member
Stylus Studio® and DataDirect XQuery ™are products from DataDirect Technologies, is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation, in the U.S. and other countries. © 2004-2013 All Rights Reserved.