Re: terra incognita
On Wednesday 19 December 2001 12:15 pm, Champion, Mike wrote: > > That wasn't it's design point. I think XML has been forced > > into situations that it wasn't designed for, and for which it is less > > than > > ideal. > > Ahh, but that's true of most technologies that really take off. Think of > HTTP. Or computers, for that matter. Or telephones. I think HTTP is a good analogy, I do not think computers or telephones are as their essential purpose has remained unchanged. I think a better example would be the fellow that invented a way to detect whether a computer was on the other end of the line for purposes of *answering* a phone (redirect to FAX/MODEM/person). This was abused and retartgetted into the wonderful mass-calling device all telemarketers use today... That said, I think the *abuse* of technologies always exposes pent up demand for *something else*, and in general, *something else* appears to fill the void better than the kludges. The WWW is a pretty good example of both... the WWW was designed to allow physicists and others to exchange information. It was abused to become a much more open system, but then Mosaic came along, and that was the "different" tool that caused the mass movement to the WWW. It really scratched the itch everyone had. I think SOAP/XML-RPC/.Net etc all point to an unfulfilled need in the market more than anything else. People want to leverage pervasive networking, and want more flexible/open RPC mechanisms than CORBA et al. provide. That is very different from needing HTTP and XML.
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