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RE: APIs, messaging
- From: Jeff Lowery <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "'Simon St.Laurent'" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 18:53:07 -0700
BTW, the reason I think OO design is more of a subjective experience is that
object do so much more than manipulate data, and has larger scope for
creativity. Objects are good, data models are good; they can be made to work
together better, IMNSHO.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 10:30 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: APIs, messaging
> After reading the last week or so of messages, I'm wondering
> if maybe we're picking up on a division which is kind of but
> not quite parallel to the documents vs. data division.
> It seems like we have people who want to use XML the same way they've
> used data structures in programs, building tightly-defined
> APIs to close
> tolerances the same way they've built programs for the last
> few decades.
> APIs are built and documented and developers have to conform to the
> rules of the API to use them.
> There's another group of people who want to use XML to get out of that
> world of close tolerances and into a much less precise approach where
> messages are exchanged and things may or may not happen
> depending on the
> understandings of the sender and the receiver. Message formats may or
> may not be documented and developers can use information for processes
> quite different from the original design.
> Does that seem like a reasonable breakdown of the situation?
> Simon St.Laurent
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