Re: The Airplane Example (was Re: StreamingXML)
On Thu, 2004-12-30 at 16:33 -0500, David Megginson wrote: > On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 13:37:19 -0700, Uche Ogbuji > <Uche.Ogbuji@f...> wrote: > > > Such scorn easily goes both ways. The next time I take a plane I'll > > cross my fingers that the fly-by-wire designers did not trust their > > event/response loop to cloistered queries written for a declarative > > engine designed by a grinning third party. > > I find the airplane example interesting, since I just spent the > morning with my head stuck under an airplane cowling (burned-out > starter solenoid). Obviously, my Piper is fly-by-loose-cable rather > than fly-by-wire, but what makes airplane systems safe -- whether > they're mechanical or electronic -- is not error-free design and > implementation, but an enormous amount of redundancy. Very good point. Permit me to work a bit of a tangent (normal?) on it by saying that I'm glad there is such a healthy redundancy on approaches to XML processing. A thousand blooming flowers rather than a blessed one or two ensures healthy propagation of the species. -- Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc. http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com Use CSS to display XML - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/edu/x-dw-x-xmlcss-i.html Full XML Indexes with Gnosis - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/12/08/py-xml.html Be humble, not imperial (in design) - http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=10286 UBL 1.0 - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-think28.html Use Universal Feed Parser to tame RSS - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-tipufp.html Default and error handling in XSLT lookup tables - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-tiplook.html A survey of XML standards - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-stand4/ The State of Python-XML in 2004 - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/10/13/py-xml.html
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