RE: Painful USA Today article (was RE: ANN:RESTTutor
On Tue, 21 May 2002, Joshua Allen wrote: > > deeper into the problem. One quote I thought could correlate directly > > with what we are seeing with XML specifications and technologies: > > > > 'But companies don't always need what they get. "They overbuy > > and get more features, more functions than they need," says > > analyst David Smith of Gartner' > > > > History keeps repeating itself! > > On the other hand, the availability of tools and products for XML has > lagged pretty badly, making it hard for the progress-minded CEO to find > things to spend money on. The complication in the specs only makes it > more difficult for vendors to produce products that people can overbuy. > :-) > What you say is true. XML is repeating the history of SGML. SGML was complicated and vendors had a difficult time supporting all the features. This drove the cost of the software up tremendously. Most vendors shied away from SGML and didn't bother building software. A few vendors, Microsoft being one, stuck their 'toe in the water' and quickly pulled it out again because it wasn't cost effective because the demand didn't justify the development costs. I find it interesting that one of the original design goals of XML was: "The number of optional features is to be kept to an absolute minimum." This is still true for XML, the document. However, in order for a vendor to supply a validating parser to the general population, the software has to support DTDs, W3C Schema, RELAX NG, XDR, and who knows what when all is said and done. If a vendor wants to provide e-commerce XML transport they have to support SOAP, ebXML TRP, now REST. The XML specification is 4 years old and vendors are still having a difficult time betting on which specifications to put their development $ in. No matter what they decide it is a gamble. They can't support everything. XML has so much promise in so many areas. From my personal perspective I am seeing the demand for XML dwindling. Some of it may be because of the economy but I believe a lot of it is because of the confusion around the competing specifications. Organizations that were seriously thinking about starting XML projects have taken a 'wait and see' attitude. Betty /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Betty Harvey | Phone: 410-787-9200 FAX: 9830 Electronic Commerce Connection, Inc. | harvey@e... | Washington,DC SGML/XML Users Grp URL: http://www.eccnet.com | http://www.eccnet.com/xmlug/ /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\\/\/
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