Volume 8, Issue 69; 04 May 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

There's been good feedback, and I do have plans, but I've been a little distracted.

Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.

Since Tim lent his nearly infinite blog-karma to my NSDL musings, there's been a renewed surge of interest. I haven't really had a chance to work on it recently, but I figured I should say something.

The story is, right after I published that essay, I got a lot of good and interesting feedback. Then I had to move the server out of my closet right away and then I got distracted by Flickr and other things.

I do plan to roll out a new release of Where In The World and I'll try to update NSDL at the same time. I've got a couple of long flights coming up, and some vacation time, so this might surface by June.

“We apologize for the inconvenience.”


I think you and Tim should converge on a single clean alternative to WSDL, with a better name. NSDL is too personal, and SMEX-D sounds like something you scrape out from under your fingernails.

I think the SMEX-D framework is the better one overall, but since it provides nothing for compiler binding/RPC, it needs to be enhanced with elements from NSDL. On the response side, the NSDL elements result and fault Do The Right Thing, and should be allowed within smex-d:response.

On the request side, provide something like a prototype element, a child of smexd:request, which shows you what the document to be sent looks like, and a list of nsdl:parameter elements, likewise children of smexd:request, whose values are plugged into the prototype.

An obvious tactic for plugging in would be: If an element or attribute name in a nsdl:parameter matches an element or attribute name inside the prototype, replace it. If $name is found in character content or an attribute value within the prototype, replace it too.

Wuddaya think? RELAX and TREX merged and are doing Great Things.

—Posted by John Cowan on 06 May 2005 @ 10:08 UTC #