Re: Why are XML crowds older?
Hi Jonathan, Maybe the answer to your question is: because in order to accept some of the ... how can I put this nicely... "details" of XML and the associated standards naturally, as a simple fact of life, you need the wisdom and the maturity of a certain age ?? :-) > Thinking of the people in the XML community whom I respect most, they > seem to be on the older side too. However I try to interpret this comment, I cannot take it as a compliment :-) Joke asside, let me tell you a short story about my experience with younger crowds and XML. It was the year 2000, and I was teaching the undergrad database class in the Univ. Paris I. I started with the relational model and tuples. At that point a girl in the first row seemed to look confused, and the boy next to hear, trying to be helpful says: "it's not that difficult, it's like XML elements, but they are just flat ! " I was so puzzled, I couldn't speak for 2 minutes. They were trying to understand the relational model by mapping it into something they KNEW already, which was XML ! One possible answer is that the younger crowds are not that excited about this simply because they take it as a given. Unlike us, they grew up with the Internet and XML. How often do you care about the telephones technology ??? You only care about what you can DO with it, not how it's built.... But I think the most serious answer to your question is the following: because they cannot PROGRAM with XML. Yes, they can do XSLT, or they can do XQuery, and yes, both are Turing complete, but this is not an answer. I cannot build a full application or a Web service in XSLT or XQuery, and there is nothing else out there in the XML world to help me. In the end of the game programmers like to program, and if they cannot do it, they don't get excited. Best regards, Dana
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