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On Mon, 16 Dec 2002 11:52:03 -0800, Paul Prescod <email@example.com> wrote:
> Maybe the problem isn't with either the APIs or the protocols/formats. I propose
> that one must choose: either the API is primary or the protocol/format is
> primary. If you decide the API is primary then the wire format will tend
> to be pretty ugly and hard to decipher. It will probably tend to degrade
> over time because it "doesn't matter much." Try decoding IIOP ... or,
> increasingly, SOAP to see this phenomenon in action.
That's an awfully good thought ... I'll have to think about it more ...
> I believe that it is impossible to optimize *both* API and data representation/protocol.
Reminds me of the "syntax - data model duality" I've proposed ... sortof
an uncertainty principle of formats vs APIs. There's something deep here
that I don't think software engineering has a good handle on right now.
XML practice is OOP-ish in some ways, but antithetical to OOP in others.
Paul has a bit about "Resource Oriented Programming" on his website, as I
recall, which is useful.
Does someone with a better handle on recent developments in computer
science or software engineering have a better answer, or compelling
refutation to the assertion that we're in somewhat uncharted theoretical