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Re: ISSUE-66 (Semantics of actions): Operational semantics of actions as covered by PRD? [PRD ]

From: Gary Hallmark <gary.hallmark@ORACLE.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:01:19 -0700
Message-ID: <48608DAF.4070600@oracle.com>
To: Rule Interchange Format Working Group WG <public-rif-wg@w3.org>

I replied to a similar issue that we need Modify.  Actually, I'm not so 
sure.  Maybe Retract + Assert are fine.  I think the semantics of 
actions should be that the sequence of actions in the Do(ACTION*) part 
of the rule is executed "atomically" in the sense that rule conditions 
are only evaluated after all the ACTIONs execute.  I think all PR 
engines work this way.

I don't know how to handle Execute except to say that it MUST NOT change 
the KB.  It effectively becomes a way to compute some new variable 
values that subsequent actions will use to change the KB. But then, it 
may as well be a "user defined builtin" in the condition part.  And this 
would be more compatible with BLD. 

Rule Interchange Format Working Group Issue Tracker wrote:
> ISSUE-66 (Semantics of actions): Operational semantics of actions as covered by PRD? [PRD ]
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> http://www.w3.org/2005/rules/wg/track/issues/
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> Raised by: Christian de Sainte Marie
> On product: PRD 
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> - What should is the intended semantics of the actions covered by PRD?
> - What when the intended action is the creation or the deletion of an individual (object): is that part of the semantics of Assert/Retract? How?
> - If (when) PRD covers some kind of Modify action, how should the intended semantics differ from Retract+Assert?
> - Any kind of Execute action is, by definition, opaque: how should its semantics be specified, esp. wrt possible side effects on the state of facts wrt which the semantics of a PR system is specified in PRD?
> - etc...
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