Musing over Namespaces

Len Bullard cbullard at
Fri Dec 17 00:27:01 GMT 1999

David Megginson wrote:
> I've noticed this assumption behind a lot of the Namespace-related
> postings (not just Len's) -- I guess it would be a good thing to have
> a global resolution mechanism of some kind, but I'm surprised that
> people consider Namespaces incomplete without this.

My point is not that that namespaces are incomplete but that they 
are complete.  The next step is not necessarily to provide uber
registration agnencies such as BizTalk or OASIS although nothing
such things.  I think the better solution is local registries which the 
businesses create and administer.  It assuredly takes longer for such 
things to be created, but by interfaces to such, the noise levels 
are encapsulated and localized.  It is by process and definition of how 
to open and close and structure processes, what I once called views 
in the older days, that businesses execute and perform.  It is necessary 
to tune these.  What we have with wall-to-wall markup systems is 
the loose coupling by which such message based systems can both 
operate openly but control visibility.  This is necessary because 
all business processes and instruments have a degree of slop which has 
to be there to cope with what the Boeing trainers called the 

> No, that's too long -- I need something shorter and catchier.

Ok, but that was a quote from the early sixties folk.  Something 
from the millenial folk:

"Only money matters.  Only money's gonna pay your bills.
Only money matters.  You got no money honey, you get no thrills."

Not shorter but newer. :-)


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