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

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  • From: james anderson <james.anderson@mecomnet.de>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 18:04:33 +0100

Stefan Haustein wrote:
> > The problem would arise in OOP forms where namespace structure is
> > orthogonal to class structure. CLOS, for instance, is a oo-language in
> > which slot inheritance is governed by rules for identifying names which
> > are independant of the class inheritance structure. Names (symbols) are
> > in packages and inheritance relations may be constructed among packages
> > without regard to where the names appear.
> So we have less problems for serializing a Lisp extension versus
> more problems for Smalltalk, Delphi, C++, JAVA....
> I do not think that will help RDF becoming widely used.

I'm not marketing. The request was for an example. CLOS is one.
Perchance. The underlying reason is that it (perchance) adheres to the
principal of orthogonality at a place where RDF does also.

In general orthogonality is to be admired rathern than admonished.
Especially in a representation language which sets generality and
extensibility as one of its goals.


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