Re: [OT] Tim Bray on Slashdot
my take is that tim's suggesting one tool can't do all - taking the farm analogy a bit farther - spned some time out there and you'll see that everything has to be fixed with a welder, screw driver, or fencing tool. even if what's needed is a spanner, pliers, hammer, or spade. and that's a bit how software is at the moment. .NET or .COM or a browser (and let's not discuss the pollution of HTML by IE) or java or XML is the total answer. well i see it like tim does (almost) - input, output, and processing. output can mostly be done by the browser, but to be honest the difficulty of getting good printed output from browsers means that spreadsheets in the browser are pretty good; processing is not as automated as it should be and a lot of my work develops tools for automated processing within and between machines - hence my interest in xml; input is far more interesting - i've tried many approaches (for traditional data processing) and found that low volume data entry works just as well on browsers as anything else, but high volume still works best through a well designed terminal interface connected directly to the database. i've even had users insist that i replace with browser with the terminal interface where speed and data volumes are critical (!). on my farm i keep a good toolbox with all the right tools for each job and life is much easier. in my software development i keep a wide range of tools to meet each need with an appropriate tool/interface. the real point? like tim i get really suspicious of anyone offering one size fits all software tools and platforms. could rant longer but .... cheers rick On Mon, 2003-07-14 at 02:23, David Megginson wrote: > One of Tim's rants^H^H^H^H^Hthoughtful commentaries just made > Slashdot: > > http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2003/07/12/WebsThePlace > > It's not all that relevant to XML, but a fine read all the same. This > will be a good chance to see if Tim's server can withstand the > /. effect. > > > All the best, > > > David
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