Who's afraid of the big bad Bob? [Was XML Specs]
Lovely to see you back in the mosh pit, David. > I've just come back to xml-dev after a little absence, during which > I've been busy working, watching my already small investment portfolio > shrink daily, and using my leisure hours to get a private pilot's > license instead of debating standards. I don't have any particular > position in the current debates on XForms vs. Microsoft's thingy, What surprises me about the XForms versus XDocs dust-up is that I think it gives Microsoft far too much credit for its current ability to embrace and extinguish. I've never been an MSThrall, and, to be sure, Microsoft has almost always been irrelevant to me even as I've made a professional practice of software development. Maybe that's why all the hue and cry sounds as if it comes from outer space. All I hear is that Flash MX is public enemy number one to XML and the Web. No. Wait! XDocs is public enemy number one to XML and the Web. And wait! There's more! Did you know the browser has completely lost relevance? I'm sorry, but it leaves me cold as a Norwegian cod. Macromedia and Microsoft are themselves afraid of the success of the unforseen new aegis of "openness", as embodied by the success of the Web, XML, open source software, and the like. I predict that if we continue to proceed in contempt of the direct threat these interests are supposed to pose, that openness will continue to win. Microsoft couldn't threaten the Web with MPC, or with Blackbird. They couldn't hijack XML and Web services with BizTalk and Hailstorm. What makes XDocs a convincing balrog? Summary: XForms is very impressive at first glance. Continue the work on it and never mind the snarling and moaning. But then again, perhaps things would be more exciting if I tried on the hat of the paranoid survivalist.... > Here's some advice. [snip] Sage words, to be sure. -- Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc. http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p y.html The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind ex.php/article/articleview/663/1/24/ The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in dex.php/article/articleview/679/1/24/ Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807 Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork s/xml/library/x-tipgenr.html
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