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Aug 24, 2005


Tim Wolters


good to see you back at the helm of a startup. I would highly recommend looking into Ruby on Rails (http://www.rubyonrails.org/) instead of JSP. It's perhaps the easiest environment for coding and delivering web apps (and web services) that I've ever used. Here's a link with a comparison between rails and java from Justin Gehtland's blog (http://www.relevancellc.com/blogs/?p=31)




Just out of curiousity, could you expand a little more on your use of semantic web technologies in this new application? For example, are you using OWL? Are you using a specific toolkit such as Jena or Redland?

I ask because I've also been bitten with the SemWeb bug, and it's always interesting to see how the technology is being applied to different problem domains.

Best of Luck!

Graham Glass

Hi Brian,

Right now, I'm using a home-grown in-memory semantic database. It has taken me only a few evenings to implement and allows me to experiment with all kinds of weird and wonderful designs without having to worry about being compliant with this-and-that standard. If, after implementing a larger chunk of my education platform using the database, I find that plain vanilla RDF is enough, then I'll consider migrating to one of the open source projects that you mention.



I see! It seems that in addition to sharing in interest in RDF, we also share a mild case of Not Invented Here Syndrome! :)

Frankly, I don't want to be cured!


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