But if you do it the way in my head, you get a LOT of nice benefits out of it. One is that it would be extremely flexible. It reduces your change-over-time costs to levels I hadn't really believed possible when thinking mostly of HATEOS and REST and friends. All the API design tricks from Hypermedia that help you delay and avoid versioning your API are pale shadows of stuff that is sort of structurally built into this idea in my head.
I have one enormous hurdle, though: It's so abstract, I have NO IDEA how to even begin expressing the most trivial of graph schemas. Like... a blog that has posts, comments and authors. I get turned around in part because there's not really nouns in my thing? It's all just the relationships. So it's hard to think about posts without thinking... about... posts?
And also I'm not sure what's needed in the schema. If following the `Author` edge from a certain node gets you to a node that should have edges `Name` and `Image`, should the schema express whether those nodes (and thus, names and images) might collide between a post author and a comment author. Like... one human might write both a post and a comment and updating the blog->post->author->name node will also cause a change in some blog->post->comment->author->name node...
wouldn't it be actions, essentially? cataloguing state of being/ownership/etc. verbs and expressing the acted upon things differently, versus cataloguing nouns and having the relationships expressed in other forms
actually in a way that is a description of what accounting does -- things are categorized by what action they resulted from or caused, because all the amounts are either money or multipliers for money.
(maybe I'm misunderstanding; it happens a lot, truly)
@sydneyfalk That sounds like event logging. Which is more about how you're storing it than how you access or navigate it, yeah? I think you could do both things or one without the other. Depends on the manner of change your data experiences, I guess.
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