RE: XML is _post_ OO
I was only half-joking about the catchy name thing, though. I've yet to see a clearly articulated vision of what this post-OO (god, I hope there's a better name than that) world will look like. What would I, as a developer, stand to gain by refactoring <buzz> my objects into data model and functional model? I don't think XML adaption by itself will promote such an approach; it would have the same effect that C++ had a decade ago: people will use it, but they wouldn't use it *right*. What complicates the situation still further is the lack of a data-centric history behind XML-- there's a lot of people using it who couldn't care less about data transport and type safety. So the idea of "Give them the tools, and they will understand" rings hollow to me. Without a little prosyletizing and religious fervor for the World to Come, it will take us longer to get there. I wonder sometimes if the current alphabet soup that XML is swimming in is a consequence of lack of vision; or maybe there is one, but I just can't see it for the growing thicket of acronyms that I find myself in puzzlement about. But without a focus, new initiatives and solutions will spew forth like threads from a spider's spinnerets, and we may well wind up caught in the web of our own devices.
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