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Re: property names (was: Re: grumble, grumble)

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2000-12-21 00:17:27 CET

> Look at the Java world. They use URI-like naming for their stuff.

Which is also a pretty heavyweight solution. But in Java it doesn't
cause a problem because there are all sorts of supporting features
such that you only have to mention a full namespace once. Not so with
Subversion properties.

> In other words, programmers are *striving* for the uniqueness of
> URIs in their naming

Well, the Java language designers were. Have you ever heard of a name
conflict which arose between libraries which both carefully stuck to
using symbols with a single prefix?

> That is a UI issue, not a reflection of problems in the underlying
> mechanics.

It's a UI issue, but it doesn't just go away by virtue of being a UI
issue.

> Simple answer? Just show the last part:

That won't work. First, because you don't know what the "last part"
is and what part is denoting the namespace, and second, because, as I
stated before, what the UI displays has to be just as unique as what
is actually stored.
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:17 2006

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