Re: Semantic Web: Beyond Metadata

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Oct 20 2001 - 16:42:54 MDT

Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> Robert Coyote wrote:
> > Why not go beyond this to a Meta DOM (document object model)?
> >
> >
> because the "object" meme is so badly abused that IMO is
> in dangerous. On the various occasions that I've had to
> analyze an object-oriented implementation, I've been
> very disappointed. Perhaps my experience is atypical?

Nope. But this is not a problem with OO in particular. It is
worse than that. Good programmers are rare and good system
architects and designers are rarer still. This holds regardless
of methodology. OO is one of many valid and quite useful
techniques but it is not a panacea for all forms of software

> Extropian relevance: Programmers are by necessity
> users and implementors of formal logical systems. The
> way these systems are built depend on the programmer's
> training. We are by far the largest group of applied
> philosophers. Poor tools and techniques degrade the
> efficiency of our collective endeavor, which is the basis of
> most current technical advances.

- samantha

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