# Thursday, July 10, 2003
OK, I'm convinced. I need no further information on the ongoing debate about RSS.
Dave Winer just put forth a really great analogy on why RSS is the way to go. RSS is like a table (a physical one) in that we don't care how tables are made, we don't need a table standard, all we care about is that it holds up our coffee cup. So there it is in a nutshell: RSS holds up our coffee cups.
I must admit I have been from time to time in the strongly-typed, let's have a schema for everything camp but this and other arguments (such as loosely coupled SOAP services) are slowing winning me over to the idea that simple is better and there are good as useful reasons for not trying to specify the hell out of everything.
This makes me want to go back over some of my recent SOAP/Schema work and re-examine it in the light of this new maxim: Does it hold up my coffee cup?
Thursday, July 10, 2003 2:10:50 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  |  Related posts:
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Done with class

Thursday, July 10, 2003 4:59:55 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Thursday, July 10, 2003 4:51:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
OK, true. However, they still hold your coffee without needing to be a standard height.
Thursday, July 10, 2003 2:52:16 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
We actually do need a table standard. If you've ever sat at a table that isn't built to a standard height for the purpose, you know it can be very uncomfortable. I'm not sure if this breaks down the analogy or not.
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