Monthly Archives: March 2004


Ah, that’s better. My poor little P133 Redhat 6.2 box gave up the ghost on Friday, after about 9 years of faithful service. It had been tempermental for a couple of years, but not so much so that I had to consider replacing it. Its original replacement as my desktop machine a few years ago… Read More »

An "historic" look at specific vs. generic interfaces

I stumbled upon an “old” paper by Dan Larner yesterday that I first read when it was published back in ’98, but had forgotten all about. I find it poignant today not because I agree with its conclusions (I don’t), but because it so well describes the tension between specific and generic interfaces, albeit without… Read More »

Steve Vinoski on Web services notifications

Steve’s next article for his “Towards Integration” column is titled “Web Services Notifications”. It’s the usual high quality stuff you can count on from Steve, but I’d like to respond a couple of comments made regarding my forte, Web architecture. Something tells me Steve probably anticipated this response. 8-) A URL specifies only a single… Read More »

Savas misunderstands

Savas writes; Mark Baker talks about the WSDL WG’s decision not to require the name of an operation in the body of a SOAP message Just to be clear, the issue wasn’t about placing the operation name anyplace in particular. It was just that I wanted a self-descriptive path to find it, no matter where… Read More »

Another RDF, media type, and self-description problem

I’ve talked about my nose for self-description problems before in the context of RDF and media types. Now, with the publication of -04 of the RDF/XML media type registration draft, there’s another one. Comment submitted. The best summation of the issue, as I wrote in the ensuing thread is probably; If somebody on the Web… Read More »

Joshua Allen; FOAF +

Joshua writes; Mark Baker is asking for Orkut + I would actually rather see FOAF +, and better integration with the browser. Ah, yes, definitely. But I’d also like a decent interface to the FOAF Web. So I what I really want is … Orkut, Friendster, Linked-In etc.. to be value-added aggregators of… Read More »


If Atom is going to consider merging with RSS, it should merge with RSS 1.0. I consider it a mistake that this wasn’t done in the first place, primarily as a means to hook into the installed base of RSS 1.0 processors, but also to gain the self-descriptive extensible goodness of RDF.

What’s worse than RPC?

It seems the Web Service Description WG has opted not to bother trying to fix a glaring architectural flaw in Web services by maintaining the status quo of making it impossible to determine which operation is being requested for any particular (or even a reasonably sized subset of) SOAP messages. Bah. The issue behind this… Read More »

Webarch spam

I subscribed to public-webarch-comments because I like to hear what folks have to say about the AWWW document. Since Saturday afternoon, the comments list has been absolutely bombarded by spam (to the tune of about 600 messages). It’s like it’s become the Internet’s sweetest honeypot, despite presumably having a handful of subscribers. Spammers work in… Read More »