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RE: Should XML Professionals Be Programmers?
- From: "Len Bullard" <Len.Bullard@ses-i.com>
- To: "Michael Kay" <email@example.com>,<xml-dev@l...>
- Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:00:08 -0600
A little panglossian but ok. Given a
problem space where the XML tools provided are inadequate for the problems
created as a result of inadequate processes such as file management (therefore
id management) and a staff untrained in digital delivery of XML products and
therefore unable to create valid documents, how do you expect the person hired
as “XML tagger” to define their capabilities? Further do you
expect them to solve any of those problems (“create and deliver an error
free XML document”)? And if they are able to do this via
programming, XSL authoring, etc., do you think they are outside their job
This is not a question of how people
define their own abilities. This is a question of organizational
competence over tasks. I do agree that someone who defines themselves in
terms strictly of the tools they are trained to use is a technician. They
are still a professional but I don’t consider them XML
professionals. They may simply be data entry clerks and as a manager I
would scope their tasks accordingly.
From: Michael Kay [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012
Subject: Re: Should XML
Professionals Be Programmers?
On 08/03/2012 16:27, Len Bullard wrote:
a general qualifications question: do you expect an XML professional to:
no such thing as an XML professional, any more than you can be a screwdriver
professional or a fork-lift truck professional. People who define their
abilities by the tools they can use proficiently are not professionals, they
are technicians; professionals define their capabilities in terms of the
problem space, not the solution space.
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