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RE: APIs, messaging
- From: Al Snell <email@example.com>
- To: Jeff Lowery <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 22:45:46 +0100 (BST)
On Wed, 23 May 2001, Jeff Lowery wrote:
> > live pig that knows how to butcher itself, along with a list
> > of the appropriate messages needed to
> > initiate the process.
Put it this way, the pig industry works around a common specification of a
pig; the buyers know how to butcher such a pig. A cube of pork couldn't be
accepted as a pig without the buyers conferring with the producers to find
out if the entire cube is edible, or if it's got bones in and all
that; then a new procedure for that kind of vat-grown subpig could be
developed, and all would be fine.
Everything depends upon standards. I am hearing people say that you don't
need standards with XML because if something not matching what your
software expects comes along, a human can figure it out. Great. We still
need mutually agreed standards, or we can't communicate. Full stop... XML
doesn't change a thing!
Alaric B. Snell
http://www.alaric-snell.com/ http://RFC.net/ http://www.warhead.org.uk/
Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software