Definitive version of the VOTable schema for web services
m.b.taylor at bristol.ac.uk
Wed Jul 30 02:02:48 PDT 2008
On Wed, 30 Jul 2008, Ray Plante wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Jul 2008, Matthew Graham wrote:
>> The code-binding approach, however, is supposed to be easier for end users
>> (astronomers) who know (and want to know) nothing about constructing SOAP
>> messages and WSDL.
> I definitely sympathize with this sentiment, and if it is possible to change
> the VOTable spec to work better with code binders, I think we should do it.
Do we believe that astronomers are likely to get their hands dirty with
web services even using such "easy" ways of working as code-binding tools?
Excluding the kinds of people who read these lists and turn up to
IVOA meetings I don't know anyone who falls into this category.
But maybe I just don't get out much.
> That said, I'm actually not sure that the code binding approach is that much
> easier when you consider the quality of the API (into a complex structure)
> compared to your favorite, hand-hewn VOTable library.
Yes. Putting these two points together I'm not sure that this line of
reasoning is itself a good reason for change (though I'm not necessarily
weighing in on either side of the do-we-change-VOTable-schema debate
Mark Taylor Astronomical Programmer Physics, Bristol University, UK
m.b.taylor at bris.ac.uk +44-117-928-8776 http://www.star.bris.ac.uk/~mbt/
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