Re: RE: James Clark: XML versus the Web
On Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:07:55 -0500, Kurt Cagle <email@example.com> wrote: > I think the danger that we face at this juncture is throwing out the > good with the bad. XML has gained adoption not because of the XML > standards community. It gained adoption because it filled a very > definite niche - document-centric structures - quite well, and over > time more and more "data" is being represented this way because data > is becoming more robust and document-like. That's not going to go > away... There are some programming patterns or architectures that are associated with publishing. pipeline processing, various kinds of publish/subscribe, outbound validation, hierarchical data, linking as a separate layer, the element/attribute/data/comment/PI/schema/style distinctions, and so on. The WWW has been an experiment, in some ways, of applying these characteristic publishing patterns to other problems, and XML fitted in there. I don't know that JSON encourages or fits in with those patterns or architectures (not a criticism). Instead, it does the reverse: it allows experiments in applying highly traditional programming patterns (C-ish structs, sub-LISP-ish eval) to publishingy problems. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. There is a class of technology, where one motivated and highly productive programmer can hack together a basic implementation of the technology in a week (or a week.) JSON and raw XML both fit into this category. Technologies like this are friendly for non-corporate FOSS projects, and standards based on technologies larger than this are pretty much out of bounds for non-corporate FOSS projects. The difference between JSON and raw XML compared to the namespaced/XML Schemad stacks is not just the technology and the patterns, but that the large specs are largely driven by corporations or corporate sectors (e.g. database vendors). Cheers Rick Jelliffe
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