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terra incognita
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From: "Tim Bray" <tbray@t...>
To: <xml-dev@l...>
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2001 9:03 PM
Subject: Re:  terra incognita

> At the end of the day code and data just aren't that much
> like each other.  Maybe this is why Lisp never took over the
> world, cool though it is.  -Tim

It is very interesting that you say this. I've seen a few people from the Lisp
camp complain that XML is simply a more verbose yet less powerful reinvention
of Lisp S-expressions with a lot of extra complexity added in (like
namespaces, attributes and entity references). I assume this is what led to
the proposal of Minimal XML by the SML folks.

Being primarily from a database and distributed computing background, I'm
interested in XML primarily as a data storage/serialization format so I see it
primarily as data thus when I see things like XSLT and XQueryX, I can't help
but think that the Lisp folks may be right about XML and it's relationship to
Lisp S-expressions.

If I burst into rebel headquarters and find it deserted except for an odd,
blinking device, I will not walk up and investigate; I'll run like hell.

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