RE: Should XML Professionals Be Programmers?
I agree, John. And a very productive one. They may not need to program in other languages but it is helpful. If someone can't read a DTD to some level of proficiency, I have some qualms about their skill set given an environment where tagging in a DTD-enabled editor is not enough to solve problems. Sometimes the task is proving where a problem originates; otherwise, one is solving the wrong problem. The same is true of the XSL. An "XML guru" came to me one day and pointed out that half of a document was missing. I asked if he had inspected the file. He asked me why he should do that, it was missing. What was missing was a right quotation mark. The XML editor told him the file wasn't XML. An "XML guru" that doesn't know what that means can't go to the next task because they simply don't know what that error means. A competent XML skilled individual knows that in most cases, Draco has struck and they start looking for a syntax error. On the other hand, if one finds a fully-qualified pathname in an ENTITY attribute, one might look elsewhere. If one is given a document full of empty ENTITY attributes, one might look elsewhere. len -----Original Message----- From: John Cowan [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of John Cowan Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 10:58 AM To: Michael Kay Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Should XML Professionals Be Programmers? Note to Len: Writing and debugging XSLT *is* programming. Anyone who can learn to program in XSLT can learn to program in any other language.
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