RE: RE: RE: Great piece on RSS
I'm not sure we can reduce "simple because that will scale in a stateless environment" to "worse". Simplifying assumptions equals well-thought through requirements. A lot of thinking went into the web architecture and the first versions of it worked as advertised. Complexity has come of layering more requirements over that design and discovering that it never solved the problems envisioned by the first generations of hypertext system pioneers. Now that people are actually trying to solve them, progress has slowed down to the same dull pace of that generation. Again, the web architects have become what they so publicly loathed. A five pound bag is still needed to carry a five pound load. Google is a fine loose white pages. A yellow pages is still needed. Discovering that a business exists is the easy part. Qualifying that business is the hard part. Frankly, I'd hate to see Google get yanked into the second part of that problem. It's a good search engine. len -----Original Message----- From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@x...] 10/10/2002 10:13:25 AM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...> wrote: >I'd sure hate to >fly on airliners built to Shirky's philosophy, Right. Shudder, what a thought! But on the other hand I think his point is that a universal, cheap hypertext web would not yet exist had it NOT been built by a Worse is Better philosophy. Worse is Better if you need universality fast, and can live with some problems. Worse is Worse if you need guaranteed quality of service, verifiable identify, reliable transactions, etc. >UDDI may not be the best player, >but it does have the quality that what one >asserts one must back up. Using Google, >anyone can say anything about anyone or >anything and that is far too easy to game. > >The RESTafarians are taking a bridge too far. I suspect that's why if you scratch a RESTifarian, you often find a Semantic Web lover :-) Google for discovery, a traceable network of assertions to determine credibility? To steal a phrase from you (len) "horses for courses"
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