[uf-rest] Ruby/Rails helper for Microformats?
kmarks at mac.com
Thu Aug 31 16:49:57 PDT 2006
On Aug 31, 2006, at 3:31 PM, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar wrote:
> Hi David,
> On Aug 31, 2006, at 3:22 PM, David Heinemeier Hansson wrote:
>>> It's great to know that basic REST support will be in Rails 1.2. I
>>> was wondering whether there's any sort of microformat support that
>>> would be appropriate for core Rails. Thoughts?
>> Could well be. It needs a ton more real-life usage, though. The REST
>> support is only going into Rails 1.2 after months and months of
>> thinking and real usage in the wild. So keep experimenting.
> Sure, I presume we'd first want to create a gem or plug-in that
> implemented it, so we could test it. I'm still trying to figure out
> what kind of experiments are worth doing...
One of the key things about microformats is schema convergence. Because
Rails makes it easy to make up your own schema and turn it into an
application, there is a temptation to go off and invent your own at
However, lots and lots of Rails apps have the idea of people, places
and events, for example, and at the moment there are thousands of
developers constructing their own schemas for these.
In the microformat world, we have some nice, tested default schemas for
these that come with very tangible external benefits - interoperation
with Outlook, iCal and so on.
Could building higher-level abstractions for these common datatypes
into Rails be advantageous?
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