Re: XML as generic villain
--- Rex Brooks <rexb@s...> wrote: > http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2908614,00.html > As poorly written and misinformed as the article surely is, I find the analogy of video cards intriguing: text-oriented video systems were overwhelmed by the demands of GUIs and graphics, and the vendors threw hardware at the problem to make it go away. Current networks are oriented toward protocols whose "visible" information is confined to well-defined header fields, but XML makes the entire content of the message potentially visible to routers, caches, firewalls, etc. Not only that, the fact that many XML applications (at least those created by default in VS.NET, etc.) "tunnel" the Net protocols creates a *need* for such intermediaries to understand the XML content of an entire message in order to do their job. Assuming that the RESTifarians don't persuade the world to just Not Go There, I can very easily imagine network admins being overwhelmed by XML in the very near future, much like 1985 video cards were overwhelmed by GUIs. Why *not* offload as much of the grunt work of XML network processing to specialized hardware? That's not to say that I believe that the current state of the world requires this or that the current products provide adequate solutions, only that I don't believe the situation is laughable.
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