UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (3) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: OfficerPup Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 72345  
Subject: Re: Outstanding Interview Date: 1/18/2002 7:15 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 1
The biggest challenge I see is semantic integration. XML is absolutely the lingua franca, but all we've done is agree on a standard alphabet. We still have the vocabulary problem. If I receive an order for beer across the Web and the quantity is 3, is that three bottles, three cases, three kegs, or three truckloads? Every single XML document suffers from needing a semantic interpretation, and there's going to be a huge amount of work on the infrastructure to provide semantic mappings that tie these things together. That's where the real challenge of integration lies, and it's where there's real opportunity to differentiate vendor products.

Coming out of lurk mode for a moment.

I've been following the discussions here about BEAS as best I could, and like many others have been wondering "what feature of their product creates lock-in that makes it impractical and painful to switch to someone else's?" Just like you would want to win a Gorilla Game. The answer so far appears to be "none," but in reading this last paragraph it seems to me coming up with the protocol that does away with the need for semantic interpretations of XML would be one way of getting it. Perhaps there are others, but my understanding is too rudimentary to guess what they might be.

Regards,

Pup
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (3) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Pencils of Promise - Back to School Drive
"Pencils of Promise works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children."
Managing Your Wealth
Our own TMFHockeypop from Rule Your Retirement fame on the TV show Managing Your Wealth.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement