Re: Partyin' like it's 1999
On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 09:27:05 -0500, Bullard, Claude L (Len) <len.bullard@i...> wrote: > How much code > do we want to obsolete so that applications that > were nearly done are now codeBits That's one question that needs to be answered (or at least guessed at) before doing anything: how much short term pain would actually be caused? My own guess is that most end user application builders have avoided the crufty stuff, whether or not it is legal in the specs. The people complaining at the Sells' conference are the poor suckers trying to implement the specs because their customers want 'standards' in the abstract but are not clamoring for the nasty bits of the actual specs. The purpose of any refactoring would be to cut at the inflection points beyond which a given feature causes more complexity pain than empirical benefit in the real world. I grant that will be hard to determine! > Why > not toss out this whole 'pointy' thing and get > back to a clean one pass parse based on proper > data definitions, white space, end of lines, > and curlies (let's Do C!)? Sooner or later someone is going to do just that. The question is whether we want to do selective breeding to keep the specs in synch with changing realities or wait for punctuated equilibrium to toss it out and start over. > There comes a point where the business execs and > the data owners look back and say "good enough" > and push back because the costs of reinnovation > are restarts in too many places. OK, automobiles, television, most home appliances, homebuilding technology ... lots of things have been essentially "good enough" for decades. I'm trying to think of a computer-related technology that exhibits this (mainframes? COBOL?). In the technology industry, who's not busy bein' reborn is busy becomin' a low margin commodity. > > Are there > any non-XML geeks, Maybe not, but if "Developers Hate XML", who will stand up for it when its equilibrium gets punctuated?
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