RE: Why not a Web Conductor? (Was: The Browser Is Melting!)
Orchestration (MS/IBM) and Choreography (SUN). Isn't something like that already
in the works? It has an awful name now BN... something or other.
Originally, XLang at MS. Long before this, concepts of process/control
systems based on the type of the document were proposed for
advanced CALS applications. Workflow systems, in another domain.
BTW: these sound like neat ideas. In practice, they can become
like taking an infinitely long and multiply curved line, circumscribing
it with a circle, mapping all points on the line to points on the
circle, and declaring it all encapsulated and tamed. I've seen too
many examples where folks try to capture and name all the possible
states in a process tool without accounting for the different requirements
of different types of documents under different conditions owing to
the minutiae of the content itself. So a flexible tool used orignally for
communications becomes an inflexible tool for tracking who did what
to whom and when to enable upper management to find and name
guilty parties. These tools usually fail because the grunts figure
out quickly what the game is and refuse to use them correctly.
First Rule Of Office Automation: the benefits of using the tool
must accrue to the user of the tool or the tool won't be used
correctly if at all.
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