RE: Should XML Professionals Be Programmers?
" understanding how the people and necessary tasks interact, and that's a different sort of skill than programming." Actually... no. Unless one understands the human in the loop problems, writing a GUI they WILL use is damn near impossible. Auto-generators are great. IronSpeed is a marvel. But getting the data up in a form they can recognize without much training is a programming art. The non-programming art is selling it. Very different mindset. Disclaimer: I haven't programmed to the touch-me-squeeze-me-flip-me-make-me-write-bad-checks interfaces for pads and mobile. I'd love to read some comparative experiences. len -----Original Message----- From: Liam R E Quin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 9:42 PM To: Len Bullard Cc: email@example.com Subject: Re: Should XML Professionals Be Programmers? On Thu, 2012-03-08 at 10:27 -0600, Len Bullard wrote: > It's a general qualifications question: do you expect an XML > professional to: > 1. Be able to correctly interpret DTD/Schema? > 2. Write or modify a DTD/Schema > 3. Code and/or test and modify XSLT. > 4. Program at least to a level of proficiency to build simple > productivity tools (for example, basic querying of XML in some form) Not necessarily. Someone doing day-to-day text processing will be much more productive if they can write scripts, use regular expressions, and do not wear overly restrictive clothing. If that day-to-day work involves _creating_ schemas, or working with multiple types of document, familiarity with the validation languages in use may be a distinct plus, for sure. "What Every Unix Programmer Should Know" isn't all that far away from "What Every XML Developer Should Know" in practice, with languages like XLST, XSD and XQuery taking the place of shell scripts, sed scripts and awk programs. The big questions are not only "does she know the details?" but, "does he work with the bigger picture in mind?" Introducing XML into a workflow involves understanding how the people and necessary tasks interact, and that's a different sort of skill than programming. Similarly, transcribing and marking up XML documents (medieval Greek travel diaries, for example) may require understanding of the documents and they way they use structure and language - their rhetorical nature, if you will - and again that's not primarily a programming perspective, although in designing the markup it's necessary to discuss needs with whoever will be responsible for processing the marked up documents. There's no single answer. Liam -- Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/ Pictures from old books: http://fromoldbooks.org/ _______________________________________________________________________ XML-DEV is a publicly archived, unmoderated list hosted by OASIS to support XML implementation and development. To minimize spam in the archives, you must subscribe before posting. [Un]Subscribe/change address: http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/ Or unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org subscribe: email@example.com List archive: http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ List Guidelines: http://www.oasis-open.org/maillists/guidelines.php
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