Re: [Fwd: XML/JavaBean "Coins"] (SOAP requested)

Dan Brickley (
Wed, 24 Jun 1998 00:56:53 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 23 Jun 1998, Dan Connolly wrote:
> i.e. would somebody (perhaps the
> author of "Capturing the state
> of Distributed Systems in XML" himself) please
> research "Coins" a bit and tell me whether
> I should spend some serious time investigating
> it? I looked briefly, and it didn't seem
> too far fetched.

Not sure about COINS itself, but the note below from Robert Kent exploring
a similar mechanism using the RDF Schema type system should be of
interest. Although mapping into Java objects is outside the scope of what
RDF schemas are trying to do right now, it's certainly intriguing.
(eg. the idea of piggybacking on the JavaBean property-editor system for
autogenerating metadata editing GUI tools could be fun... )

The note below was posted to RDF-DEV yesterday. BTW I'll send round a
proper announcement for RDF-DEV this week; basically it's a sibling for
XML-DEV, and will be operated along much the same lines. Sign up or browse
the archives c/o


Subject: Java Serialization Using RDF with Schemas
From: "Robert E. Kent" <>
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To further understand RDF with Schemas, people (especially
Java developers) might want to take a look at our pages on
"Java Serialization Using RDF with Schemas" at the address

Here we automatically translate all packages and classes
in the Java API into RDF/Schemas, we give some source code,
and we also translate an example of Bill LaForge's which
demonstrates Java Serialization using RDF/Schemas of some
simple Java classes and instances that have inheritance, arrays,
and reference loops.


Robert E. Kent email:
School of EECS phone: (509) 335-4590
Washington State University fax: (509) 335-3818
Pullman, WA 99164-2752