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> From: "Mike Champion" <email@example.com>
> > I'm under the impression that managing schema evolution
> > is a Hard Problem; lots of the complexity
> > of WXS is there to make the problem more manageable by employing
> > notions of partial re-use that come from the OO world, but it's
> > not clear to me that best practices have emerged for using it.
> Hard Problems are often merely inadequately analysed problems.
> For example, why should we expect that "Schema evolution" can be
> be solved by a single mechanism?
> There are many ways that a schema may evolve, and different mechanisms
> may be suitable for each way. For example, change over time,
> change between locales, change between processes in pipelines,
> change depending on what the user is interested in, minor changes/major
<AOL>Very well said</AOL>
I'm surprised to come across the idea of schema evolution as a monolithic
problem. I am doubly surprised to see RSS held up as an example of the
difficulty of schema evolution. RSS is but example of politics and
carelessness. All social science, and not a drop of computer science to spare.
Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com
Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in
Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807
Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork