RE: More Stupid XML Articles
> <q> > There are no universal vocabularies, so each XML promoter > just does things its own way. > "Our way is the best!" The next company over, of course, is > doing XML differently. For a > large company that subscribed to the methodology of company A > and spent millions of > dollars to do so, it will be frustrating when, for some > unknown reason, the company B > approach becomes universal and a true standard. Nobody knows > what to do about this. Death > of simplicity. > </q> > > Please, tell me what do you mean saying "I know what to do > about this" ? > Well, I do not think that XML should be viewed as yet another tool to clobber the whole world into speaking the same vocabulary. To me, XML is most appealing when you realize that it's impossible to get everyone to speak the same language. I can have five trading partners, all with different vocabularies, but I can map into my own vocabulary. Yes, I know you could always map data before, but isn't it nice that we have such a nice way to transform data (if it is XML) and so many great vendors building XML interfaces into their various data stores? The way I see it, there are many vocabularies out there, and it's just going to get worse (game consoles, handhelds, automobiles, home automation, etc.). As more players pile into this game it's going to be increasingly impossible for any strict agreement on vocabulary to form. If we want this industry to scale, we need to accept the disagreements and work toward frameworks that tolerate differences and are flexible to change. That, to me, is the point of XML. P.S. I also would hope Dvorak sees a difference between "methodology" and "vocabulary". People at least have an incentive to share business vocabularies, and mapping is mostly useful when complete agreement on vocabulary isn't reached. On the other hand, businesses aren't going to share their methodologies, let alone reach agreement on a common methodology to follow. Even IT practices are often seen as trade secrets.. XML is what you pass back and forth, methodology is what you do with it.
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