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From Dan Diephouse <dan.diepho...@mulesource.com>
Subject Re: Modeling Collections of Collections
Date Mon, 17 Sep 2007 13:28:57 GMT
This makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the insight,
- Dan

James M Snell wrote:
> We had this problem in the Lotus Connections Activities component.  Each
> user has a collection of Activities. Each Activity is itself a
> Collection.  There is a top level My Activities collection.  Each entry
> represents an Activity.  Those entries contain an app:collection element
> that points to the activity collection uri, e.g.
> <entry>
>   ...
>   <app:collection href="...">
>     <app:accept>application/atom+xml;type=entry</app:accept>
>     ...
>   </app:collection>
>   ...
> </entry>
> This approach has worked very well for us.
> - James
> Dan Diephouse wrote:
>> I am pondering how to model collections of collections with APP for more
>> non-blogging oriented applications. For instance, lets say I have a
>> collection of customers, which have a collection of purchase orders. I
>> can easily model the customers as a collection. Each entry represents a
>> customer.
>> But then what do I do about the purchase orders? The best solution that
>> I can come up with is that I have another collection for each customer.
>> Each entry in the collection would then be a purchase order. However,
>> this has two downsides:
>> 1. There is no great way to go directly from the customer to the
>> purchase order collection. The best solution I've come up with is
>> something <link rel="purchase-orders"
>> href="service/customer-foo/purchase-orders"/>. Not sure if thats a Good
>> Thing or not.
>> 2. Now my workspace has a gazillion customer/purchase order collections
>> in it. I probably don't want to list those all out as that would take
>> forever. The best solution that I've come up with here is to just not
>> list them and make item #1 be the best way to find the collection.
>> Thoughts?
>> - Dan

Dan Diephouse
http://mulesource.com | http://netzooid.com/blog

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