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From "Bennett, Timothy (JIS/Applications)" <TimothyBenn...@jis.nashville.org>
Subject RE: Technical Concerns over AF4.2
Date Tue, 13 Jul 2004 16:25:50 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Berin Loritsch [mailto:bloritsch@d-haven.org] 
> Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:10 AM
> To: dev@avalon.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Technical Concerns over AF4.2
> Using your example, to bring the analogy, Avalon used to be 
> in the business of selling car parts.  Sure we had a couple 
> different built cars that were designed for different things. 
>  We had a beater car used for around the towning, a sports 
> car for faster operation, and a luxury vehicle.  These were 
> really to show off the car parts more than anything else.
> Now, Avalon wants to be in the luxury car business.  That's 
> not a problem.  The problem is the apparent discontinuation 
> of the star product that kept people coming to Avalon in the 
> first place.

Well... Showing off the star part(s) was well and good in the early days
when IOC was young and everyone was trying to figure out what good parts
look like, and if you could even build different cars off the same chassis.

But here is the broader issue, and the one that for the life of me I can't
understand why more people aren't more excited about, and that is this:

If I build a AM/FM radio (component), I want to be able to put that radio in
the town car, the sports car, and the luxury car.  Today, I can't do that.
I've got to build custom radios for every car model, and I'm stinking tired
of that because it doesn't cut it in the business world, and it basically
anathema to sound development practices of reusability.

So... The Avalon avante-garde proposes an Avalon world where component
re-use across containers is a reality, and we believe, nay are confident,
that Avalon users will LOVE this reality way more than the days of Avalon
past in which everyone just sits around enjoying how pretty and ingenious
the parts are.  Avalon avant-garde is about providing a fertile ground where
Avalon help developers be efficient and productive in solving their
real-world problems.  And component reusablility across container platforms
is a CRITICAL piece to that reality.  And in that reality, the parts aren't
the centerpiece anymore.

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