Re: Uniform Resource Agents -- a draft proposal

Dirk Herr-Hoyman (
Fri, 24 Mar 1995 06:27:50 -0500

Date: Fri, 24 Mar 1995 06:27:50 -0500
Message-Id: <ab99678e03021004cd15@[]>
To: Leslie Daigle <>,
From: (Dirk Herr-Hoyman)
Subject: Re: Uniform Resource Agents -- a draft proposal

At 7:43 PM 3/21/95, Leslie Daigle wrote:

>It is worth noting that the model calls for URA execution to occur
>in the invoker's work space (i.e., workstation, or server, etc).  This
>is a distinction from "intelligent agents", or "knowbots" that are
>designed to roam the net and activate themselves in remote data spaces.
>URA's are activated locally and communicate with other machines through
>standard protocols.


I'd like to know how you see URAs fitting into object brokers.  While not
claiming to have a full understanding of object brokers, they are meant to
be independent entities on ANOTHER system (possibly) that goes out and
finds the object in question.  I believe the URN/URC resolution service
that we have been batting around lo these many months would be an object
broker here, and no doubt there could be others.  It would seem, based on
the discussions I see elsewhere, that object brokers should be part of your

I would also like to know how you see URAs working with emerging
object-oriented compound document specs such as OpenDoc.  Again, my
understanding is imcomplete on OpenDoc and its kin, but I believe that
these too will have object brokers as part of their model.

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