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53195Re: [RFC] web-messaging application for mod_perl

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  • Adi Fairbank
    Jul 16, 2003
      On, or in the near vicinity of Tue, 15 Jul 2003 01:47:13 -0500
      James G Smith <JGSmith@...> has thus written:

      > Adi Fairbank <adi@...> wrote:
      > >Here are the possibilities:
      > >
      > > 1 Apache::WebMessaging
      > > 2 Apache::App::WebMessaging
      > > 3 Apache::SomeOtherUniqueName (e.g. ServerMessaging, or UserMessaging, or
      > >SystemMessaging)
      > >
      > >I personally prefer 1 or 2, so if there are no serious objections, I'll pick
      > >one of those. Let me know which you like the best.
      >
      [...]
      >
      > From what I can see from your description and a brief look at some of
      > the code, you are doing a small portion of what web messaging can
      > mean: customer to customer, store and forward messaging.
      >
      > Because you don't cover all the possibilities (and it would be
      > unreasonable to expect anyone to do so), I would discourage using
      > such a generic name.
      >
      [...]
      >
      > Having unique names like these helps in several ways. First, they
      > don't preclude others from entering the same `market,' which can be
      > seen as part of the TMTOWTDI tradition in Perl. Second, they serve
      > to brand the application. If you give a talk about Web Messaging,
      > what do people expect? We're back to the survey above. On the other
      > hand, a talk about a particular name, such as Apache::App::Mercury,
      > might let people know more quickly what you are wanting to discuss.

      Ok, I'm sold. Now I get the reason for not using such a generic name.

      In fact, I really like your suggestion Apache::App::Mercury. If you don't mind,
      I'll use that name! Do you mind?

      "Mercury the swift messenger of the ancient gods.

      The Greek god Hermes (the Roman Mercury) was the god of translators and
      interpreters. He was the most clever of the Olympian gods, and served as
      messenger for all the other gods. He ruled over wealth, good fortune, commerce,
      fertility, and thievery.

      Among his personal favorite commercial activities was the corn trade. He was
      also the god of manual arts and eloquence. As the deity of athletes, he
      protected gymnasiums and stadiums."

      (http://www.eso.org/outreach/eduoff/vt-2004/mt-2003/mt-mercury-mythology.html)

      > Finally, you might want to change the version from 0.80pre1 to
      > 0.80_01 -- CPAN might get confused by the first format.

      Will do!

      Cheers,
      -Adi
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