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From "Phil Steitz" <phil.ste...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [all][SCXML] Whats in the name ...
Date Tue, 18 Apr 2006 22:14:08 GMT
I agree with the arguments that Rahul presents below for keeping the
name [SCXML].

Phil

On 4/17/06, Rahul Akolkar <rahul.akolkar@gmail.com> wrote:
> A fairly random stringing on my thoughts on the topic ...
>
> Since there was talk about whether SCXML makes a good name for the
> component, its only appropriate that I list some reasons. State means
> little to me (or better, means so many things that is becomes
> extremely fuzzy). A statechart, to me, is a graphical entity, tied to
> the modeling layer, and in general does not cleanly tie in to any
> execution environment. There is lot of state chart theory around, many
> flavors exist with minor semantic deltas (UML 1.5/2.0, STATEMATE,
> RHAPSODY, and now SCXML). I think nothing defines scope and semantics
> better for this component that clarifying that we use SCXML semantics
> (by default) via the component name. We shouldn't lose this clarity
> only to have to struggle to regain it via numerous clarifications on
> the mailing lists each time a related question is raised. We need an
> oracle. We have a bunch of smart folks from a leading standards
> organization giving us just that. Maybe some years down the line, the
> abbreviation SCXML may become more commonly known.
>
> If all of us here drop this component on the floor and walk away from
> it today, I believe that after any arbitrary amount of time, someone
> with a beginner level understanding of Java and XML can pick it up,
> hold the SCXML document from the W3C by its side, and atleast figure
> out if the thing is doing what it is supposed to do -- and if not,
> attempt to correct it. Also, JCP, RFE and W3C standard driven projects
> have an easier time managing their scope.
>
> No user has complained about the component name, mailing list prefix
> used etc. (though having injected this debate into the mix, this may
> now come up frequently). StateChartXML is a decent suggestion, though
> I'm personally not motivated enough to make the change. I will be
> breaking some user code before the first RC (I'll post a note to the
> user list when that happens), but changing Java package names will
> probably cause more confusion that is warranted, so those are best
> retained.
>
> Finally, recounting from personal experience, when I came to Commons,
> I knew what I was looking for (Digester). I didn't know what Jelly
> was, what JEXL stood for, what betwixt was getting in between, what
> configuration was configuring nor what latka did. Then one day, I read
> the descriptions.
>
> -Rahul
>
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