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RE: Principle of Sustainable Complexity

conservation of complexity
We call that import and export.  We need:

1.  You choose a file format.  Comma-delimited 
is fine.  XML is fine.  That is configurable.

2.  We will choose a location.  If you like, 
that is configurable.

3.  It must obey our schema.  We won't extend 
our schema for you for less than nZeD$.  If the
receiving system can't decipher it, that is 
not our problem.  It the two system schemas 
are semantically incoherent, that is not our 
problem.  This is not configurable.

Otherwise, pick a file format.  If you want to, 
we enable you to write the import/export definition 
files but you have to know SQL, Foxpro, etc.  
That is negotiable.

Conservation of complexity and conservation 
of ugly are the same law with different names.


-----Original Message-----
From: Micah Dubinko [mailto:MDubinko@c...]

[side note: Another variant is also widely in use: process A deposits an XML
file in a well-known file system location; process B reads, handles, and
deletes the file. Call it XMLbaton.]

Are there aspects of Web Services that should be this simple, but are being
made more complex only in order to satisfy the principle of Sustainable


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