Daily Archives: 2003/11/10

Nelson Minar on RDF

Nelson writes;

Each of the individual applications using RDF I know of could have been done more easily with plain XML

Absolutely and unapologetically true.

But the statement misses the critical lesson of software architecture (and architecture in general); only by applying constraints can one realize useful properties. RDF/XML based apps have more useful properties than does an XML based app; specifically, “data silos” are avoided.