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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla™ by Nigel McFarlane

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11.2. Learning Strategies for RDF

Learning RDF is like flying. It's tricky to get off the ground, but once you're away, it's great. Why should this be so, and what can be done to make it easier? Here are some thoughts.

XML syntax is quite verbose. By the time your eye and brain absorb all the text and punctuation in an example RDF file, it's hard to focus on the bigger picture. Even the W3C RDF standards people have acknowledged this problem. Use an informal syntax at design time, and only use the official RDF syntax during code and test. This chapter uses informal syntax everywhere except in real code.

RDF itself is frequently confused with its applications. The nature of RDF is one thing; a purpose to which RDF is put is another thing entirely. ...

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