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   Re: [xml-dev] many-to-many

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On Sun, 26 Jan 2003 11:54:17 -0500, Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 01:26:30PM +0000, Miles Sabin wrote:
>> Of course, a variation implies a variation on _something_. But it 
>> doesn't follow that that something is an abstract resource in the REST 
>> sense.
> Yes, it does follow.  That's exactly my point.  If it's *something*
> then it's a resource.

OK.  But is this a truth or a truism?  A definition or a tautology?  A 
powerful abstraction or a hopelessly leaky abstraction?

FWIW, I learned a "code review antipattern" long ago: "If a variable or 
function has 'thing' or 'stuff' in its label, it's a strong indication that 
the author doesn't know what exactly it is or is supposed to do."   This 
thread is making me think that 'resource' should be added to that list :-)


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