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Re: NameValue and NameValueList data types

From: Asynch Messaging <asynch_messaging@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 10:36:40 -0800
To: <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Cc: "Rich Salz" <rsalz@zolera.com>, <Jorgen.Thelin@capeclear.com>
Message-ID: <OE20U451mHu2LXtf80V0000513b@hotmail.com>

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rich Salz" <rsalz@zolera.com>
> Subject: Re: NameValue and NameValueList data types

> I do the Apache name/value just fine in Python.
> I don't see why this is a more compelling, more "primitive" type than,
> say, most other types in the C++ STL, for example.  Is it just because
> CORBA had a fondness for it?

I see name/value pairs as more fundamental for building and exchanging
semantic information - which is a lot more interoperable than exchanging
syntactical information. All you've got are names and indexes, anyway. There
are more syntaxes than there are semantics - and more are built each day,
while the semantics stay the same. And yes, this implies that people will be
building bridges - as long as there are programmers, there will be a need
for bridges.

I personally don't worry too much about making the One True Syntax for
something like a Hashmap - documenting the three or four most common ways of
doing a Hashmap is useful to me however.
Received on Thursday, 20 December 2001 13:37:13 UTC

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