Some questions

David Megginson david at
Thu Dec 2 00:28:12 GMT 1999

"Jeffrey E. Sussna" <jes at> writes:

> I wouldn't consider RDF at the same level as CORBA, but perhaps part
> of an overall solution.

Though I'm the one that brought CORBA into the discussion, I think
that a better comparison would probably be XMI, since CORBA is a
protocol rather than a format.

RDF is simpler and less rigidly defined than XMI, and it is nicely
extensible -- that makes it much more suitable, say, for distributing
data in the decentralized, undisciplined environment of the Web, and
much less suitable, say, for direct Java-to-C++ communication in a
well-defined system with a single architecture.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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