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   Re: The RDF model *is* part of the problem

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  • From: Vilya Harvey <vilya@nag.co.uk>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2000 10:17:24 +0000

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> David Megginson wrote:
> >
> > I agree, but I'd take it much further -- I find that the people I work
> > with (many of them software developers, granted) find the RDF model
> > terribly confusing, but light bulbs go on when I tell them to compare
> > a Java interface
> But it isn't really. The Java you gave defines the extent of the object.
> By that I mean that base classes aside, the entirety of the class is
> defined by the code you gave. I could say from your code, that there is
> a class called Person that is defined by having these - and only these -
> properties.

Just a minor point, but I think you've misunderstood what David said in
his post: he was talking about a Java *interface*, not a Java *class*. An
interface in Java has exactly the characteristics of RDF that you describe
in the rest of your post (essentially the ability to have multiple views
of the system object). The only obvious difference is that in Java the
allowable views of an object are specified by the object, meaning there
are a fixed number of views that the object, whereas there doesn't seem to
be that restriction in RDF. I think the analogy still holds, though.

As an aside, speaking as an RDF novice, the analogy to Java interfaces did
make RDF rather clearer to me - thanks! :-)

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