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   Re: [xml-dev] many-to-many

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jenglish@flightlab.com (Joe English) writes:
>Actually it was REST doctrine -- where the notion of Resource
>is acknowledged to be a convenient fiction -- that finally
>convinced me there ain't no such thing.
>With REST at one end (where a Resource is some paraphenomenal
>abstract thing you can never get your hands on), RDF at
>the other (where a Resource is anything Identified by a URI
>and a URI is anything that Identifies a Resource), and nothing
>but confusion and philosophical arguments in the middle,
>that's the only sensible conclusion I can come to.

I give a lot of credit to the REST folks for making me think (too) hard
about this set of issues.  

The circularity bit never made me happy, nor did the "paraphenomenal
abstract thing" (nice phrase!), but I think I can live with "ain't no
such thing" or at least a more contingent thing without too much

That conclusion tells me that resources are what we say they are, and
that recognizing the chaos this entails is the first step toward
developing practices that help me find my own bits of order in the murk.
Sounds good to me, and lets me stop worrying about a range of issues,
notably equivalence across contexts.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org


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