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Re: Summing up on visibility(?) (really, I mean it this time 8-)

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 11:19:02 -0500
To: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030110111902.E5998@www.markbaker.ca>

On Fri, Jan 10, 2003 at 03:53:58PM +0000, Miles Sabin wrote:
> Only with the rider that tightening the interface constraint will entail 
> loosening some other constraint. It's all swings and roundabouts.
> My problem with your way of formulating the problem is that it seems to 
> focus near exclusively on one particular aspect. You want to optimize 
> wrt that axis, and I'm pointing out that there are many axes and that a 
> global optimum doesn't necessarily coincide with a one-dimensional one.

Yes, you have to suck up the cost of the general interface.  I've never
said otherwise.  As Roy says;

"The trade-off, though, is that a uniform interface degrades efficiency,
since information is transferred in a standardized form rather than one
which is specific to an application's needs."
 -- http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/rest_arch_style.htm#sec_5_1_5

Personally I consider that an extremely small price to pay for the
benefits gained.

Anyhow, I agree to wrap up this "summing up" thread now, and agree to

It seems that only Walden Matthews and James Snell[1] agreed with my
characterization of visibility, of those who spoke up.  Is that enough
to get it in to the WSA doc?

 [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-ws-arch/2003Jan/0249

Mark Baker.   Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.        http://www.markbaker.ca
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