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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: haustein@kimo.cs.uni-dortmund.de
  • Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 12:41:36 +0000

Stefan Haustein wrote:
> Gabe Beged-Dov wrote:
> >
> > I also wonder about the distinction between Java interfaces and
> > classes as far as serialization. Vilya has made a point of noting that
> > David talked about Interfaces rather than Classes when explaining the
> > mapping to RDF.
> I think Vilya replied in order to answer a question by
> someone else asking "hm, does it make sense to
> map classes to rdf? where are the methods?".

Actually, I was replying to a message about a good analogy to use for
explaining RDF to a beginner. There was a message saying that you could
help someone begin to understand by saying "an RDF model is sort of like a
Java interface". A reply to this explained why it was incorrect, but the
reasons given seemed to result from a confusion between classes and
interfaces in Java so I thought I'd try and correct that mistake.
Obviously there *are* differences between RDF models and Java interfaces -
many of which have been brought to light by this discussion - but as a
jumping off point for developing an understanding it's a useful

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