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[REBOL] Re: IOS data

From: john_kenyon:mlc:au at: 4-Oct-2001 9:24

Robert/Jason and all,
>IMO what's most needed is a description about the (business) objects those
>should handle. If we all could agree on a standard way what information a >contact-entry contains, than it's up to the community to create
>which use those objects. > >So I propose to start with a collection of descriptions for those objects,
>that we all can base our work on these discriptions. It should even be
>to handle different versions of those objects, as Rebol supports checks
>the presense of words in objects. > >What do you think? Robert
Building a collection of these objects would be an excellent idea. This would give a common base to store this information along the lines of IBMs SanFransico business objects (although hopefully less complicated). As Jason points out, there the location of the data should ideally be irrelevant - of course. I guess the only system which comes close to this at the moment is the old Lotus Notes system whereby cross-platform clients are designed to access either locally cloned copies or network based 'databases' to store information. In the Notes case this is implemented as an inflexible closed system, but using a similar concept with a distributed data store, services for data replication (link?), and peer to peer connectivity some amazing products could be built. Defining this core set of objects may be quite a task though. I have to admit, I wouldn't know where to start in designing all this :) cheers, John