RE: King of Stupid XML Articles?
Umm... such a web site would be a fine service because then people writing and publishing these would know we are paying attention. But be sure what you put there is really off, because otherwise, same problem amplified. (The dicey problem with hypermedia is dealing with the amplification effect of feeeeeeeedback.) The article you cite here is mostly right (and it is scary how much the author's photo looks like Steve Newcomb...). XML is overhyped and that is how we get the dumb and dumber articles. Fact is, XML doesn't care too much about the implementation wars, the implementation strategies, etc. There isn't an XMLWay precisely. XML Doesn't Care. We care. And that is the right way. What he says about XML front-loading the pain is exactly right. What he says about interoperability being a business isssue is precisely right although he overemphasizes that as a conspiracy where a good CS pro knows it is the server side business objects that have to accept the data and do something smart with them (a workflow layer on the other side). These are the benefits of lexically unified systems with commodity transport protocols. It isn't magic. It is consensus on a format for making formats that doesn't give a rats behind about the politics of platforms. It is a way to negotiate these into a more precise layer of concern: loose shoes, loose clothes, loose coupling, laserRazor focus on a process. source--->process--->target That middle bit is hard. len http://www.mp3.com/LenBullard Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti. Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h From: Lisa Rein [mailto:lisarein@f...] This one has my vote: http://www.business2.com/content/magazine/breakthrough/2000/09/15/18549
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