Re: XML as "passive data" (Re: The Browser Warsare D
[Alaric B. Snell] > Nobody's yet given a good reason why data encapsulation is bad. > > Some people have spoken out about problems with things that 'hide' your data > away from you, but that's not the point - sure you encapsulate some data > badly: > Generally speaking, and maybe especially for business uses, data is much more long-lived than process. Thus it is often reused in ways not originally expected. Data mining is just one example. So it can be useful to construct business objects from data and behavior to accomplish a particular task or process, but the data often lives on. In this way data can have a special place relative to objects and process, and there is a real place for "passive" data. On the other hand, if data is being exchanged for a particular purpose and then it will evaporate, none of the above really holds, and you might as well send objects or marked-up attempts to simulate them. Imagine an active data object that corrects the spelling of the text that you encapsulate in it. One day you want to send an example of a mispelled word on purpose, but -whoops! - the object fixes it for you anyway. Active data may or may not be what you want - it all depends, as always. But it would be conservative (and safe, I would say) to send data-only and then process it as you like. Heck, even send the processor, why not? Cheers, Tom P
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