Re: Adam Bosworth Article - what does "direct access" mean?
> None. What would be the point? I do have a full schedule and better things > to do with my time than score points for smirking off those who drop in to > XML-DEV a time or two and then disappear. Luckily I have been here for a while now so I want to raise a few questions, because even though I have been here for a while I don't pretend to understand it all-- I am still a "programmer weenie" but view the term as a soft, friendly term of admiration and respect : ). Now, I do serialize native programming objects to XML. Let the arrows sling. And I go the other direction back to the objects. But I feel like this is 100% in the spirit of XML. I don't serialize to XML just for the fun of it (well, maybe sometimes...) as it does take processor and memory. But to expose my data to the rest of the world. > The richness or value of XML as data is observably in inverse proportion to > its intent. Agreed, that is my point. I have all of this _information_ wrapped up in a programming object, but I don't want to limit my interactions to those who use my particular programming language-- I write to XML so that the W.E. Perrys of the world can use my data in ways I never imagined. This seems like a tremendous benefit to XML-- taking the data out of rigid systems and putting into (rigid) XML is fine. It can still be used in a marvelous variety of ways. I can also use XML tools (such as XSLT) to get infinitely various data back into my system-- data that may have never been intended for my system. Again, this seems like it is in the spirit of XML. Now, I do know that my underlying assumption is that there is some "data" or "information" that I expect or hope to find. It may or may not be there. So, where did I get off the boat? All the best, Jeff Rafter Defined Systems http://www.defined.net XML Development and Developer Web Hosting
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