[FoRK] HTTP 0.2, 9p, and op
Adam L Beberg
beberg at mithral.com
Thu Dec 24 22:10:47 PST 2009
Stephen Williams wrote on 12/24/2009 10:39 AM:
> E) Is everything-a-file a reasonable paradigm-for-everything?
No, it's one of the fundamental misunderstandings of way back then,
reasonable for almost nothing.
Everything is a message. Some of them sit on a disk for a while before
you open them up again, so people got stuck on that. Files are merely
artifacts, messages frozen in time. Once you realize that all the "hard"
problems everyone is trying to solve with HTTP right now look stupid,
all messages crammed into the file concept like a dog in a horse costume.
Much the same as XML - an intermediate language for when neither party
is willing to speak the other protocol so a 3rd horrific one is used to
insure job security, got turned into a language for actually doing
things complete with the many orders of magnitude more complexity and
overhead involved. People even try to run databases with it.
Very little if anything in the universe is supposed to be difficult,
just don't tell your boss how easy it could be ;)
Adam L. Beberg
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