Re: The subsetting has begun
"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" wrote: > Walter, as much as I respect you, this is like saying all rifles should be > handmade: in other words, no interchangeable parts. Surprisingly, perhaps, that is what I am saying. I am in the midst of writing a long and tiresome defense of my non-2PC, internetwork-native transaction model. I have been forced to realize that current distinctions between 'front office' and 'back office' are grounded entirely in what was automated when, and how. The assembly-line workers, the processors of batch jobs, the makers of, as you say, "interchangeable parts" have been discriminated against as 'not craftsmen' from the moment their product was no longer handmade. The current hierarchy supposes that they are good at production but incapable of directing it, or of creating new products or finding new markets for what they do produce. Those 'skilled' tasks are left to the craftsmen of the front office, whose every product is indeed handmade. Though utterly pervasive, this concept is of course unrelieved horse puckey. More than a century after the early time-and-motion studies, technology has finally given us the tool to make every knowledge worker, at least, once again a highly specialized craftsman. The realization of that tool is in the worldwide internetwork. If every processing node, a partnership of man and machine on that internetwork, is designed to perform a specialized, perhaps unique task, those nodes cannot use "interchangeable parts" because the tradeoffs needed to reach a common denominator mean that those parts are not sufficiently specialized to provide each worker with exactly what is required to do a particular job in the most expert way. Interoperable parts, perhaps ironically, specially requires parts too specialized to be interchangeable. We rely on the internetwork topology and on the REST paradigm to make the specialized output of every process at least potentially accessible to every interested subsequent process. However, the output of a specialized process is necessarily in a form very particular to the expertise which created it and which it embodies, in part, through that specialized form. this means that a process which is interested in the output of another process must first instantiate what it requires from the specialized form in which it finds it into the specialized form in which it can use it. These are indeed handmade parts, retooled for each new use by craftsmen expert in that particular function. Not interchangeability, but interoperability. Respectfully, Walter Perry
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