Subject: RE: What do people really expect from ebXML? - Is CC really a set ofLegos?
I just got through checking out my daughter's room to see if she picked it up, and something in it reminded me of Eija Aspelin's and Betty Harvey's analogy of reusable core components to Lego blocks. Well, specifically, it *was* Lego blocks. All over the floor. In shoe boxes. On the bed. Unless you have a tremendous amount of creativity or time, it's nigh impossible to come up with something interesting or useful (well, anything my little precious makes is interesting and useful) from these "core components." The cute little bunny pushing the vegetable cart she got for Easter has disintegrated into individual Legos - and without the picture on the original package, never to be recombined again. Entropy in action. Folks will not easily be able to design messages from core components without the use of templates or patterns. Most professional programmers have a really tough time taking objects and making them work together in a program, so I suspect building intelligible messages from the ground up using core components will be a formidable task. So be prepared to devise the scaffolding (i.e., message structure) for core components. In other words, I predict we're going to end up with POs, Invoices, Shipment Advices, etc. William J. Kammerer FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 +1 614 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "accelerating time-to-trade"
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