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Reflective systems

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 18:06:55 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200202042306.SAA28925@markbaker.ca>
To: rsalz@zolera.com (Rich Salz)
Cc: skw@hplb.hpl.hp.com (Williams Stuart), xml-dist-app@w3.org
> > Absolutely true.  The wonderful thing about the Web is that this is done
> > *with* the Web.  It can describe itself.  RPC cannot.
> I disagree. Adding RDF to the web and saying it's reflexive seems no 
> different from adding DII to Corba, IDispatch to COM, etc.

I don't know about IDispatch, but IIRC, DII did not reify interfaces as
first class objects (i.e. they didn't get OIDs).

Also, while that's necessary, it's not sufficient.  What's also needed
is a uniform means of resolving an identifer.  Neither CORBA nor COM
has that, but the Web has GET.

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
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