I spent a couple of hours with Lee the other day,
going over the architecture and capabilities of
Nodal. Much of what we discussed has yet to be
incorporated into his paper at
But the bottom line is that I am convinced his NODAL
mechanism is indeed a better design for the KRNL
(Knowledge-Repository Node Layer), which I had been
trying to construct. I eventually bailed out when the
complexity grew overwhelming. But Lee isolated the
defects, simplified the thing enormously, and at the
same time added drastically new concepts based on
Groves and abstract data modeling.
The result, I truly believe, is a superb undertaking
that will serve as solid foundation for the
Engelbart-inspired tools we have separately
envisioned -- and one that will go a long way towards
helping them work together.
The ambitious aim of his undertaking is to create a
node-based "file system" that can be used by any
application in the same way they use current file
systems -- but which provides granular addressability,
versioning, and all the rest to smarter applications.
In other words, it is stone-dead killer.
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