Re: Reflecting on a decade of XML: Lesson Learned
On Mon, 27 Dec 2010 08:22:37 -0500, "Costello, Roger L." <email@example.com> wrote: > Hi Folks, > > In one sentence, what is the single most important lesson that has > been learned from using XML over the last decade? XML's success has not been about data exchange or data modeling but about enabling open, standard vocabularies: the rise of consortia and domain-based exchange vocabularies(i.e. open standards) requires workable technologies for co-operative specification of these vocabularies: the XML family has been quite successful at encouraging these open standards efforts (better than UML, which is better at 30,000 ft modeling, or JSON, which is better for point-to-point browser protocols, for example) and has reached a level of maturity and penetration where the XML family's strengths and weaknesses are obvious (and where now its limitation grate.) And a freebie: what is the future for XML?-- Big business successfully and disasterously hijacked XML in the last decade through the preposterous XML Schemas, and as big business progressively tries to push back against open standards (e.g., by favouring their own APIs, market-dominating gadgets and "curated" systems), they will not support attempts to develop/evolve the XML family in ways that help open standards and collaboration: they will push exchange methods which have no schemas and rely on tools or printouts/graphics. This hijacking involves primarily the exclusion of consumers, so that standards are set by cabals of vendors, secondarily the exclusion of non-enterprisey requirements, thirdly the rise of fait acccompli standards, and fourthly the move away from schema languages that fit into test-driven development/programming-by-contract approaches. Cheers Rick Jelliffe
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