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RE: Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes

  • From: "Len Bullard" <Len.Bullard@ses-i.com>
  • To: "John Cowan" <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:31:56 -0600

RE:  Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes
True, John, but the worker has to be smarter than the average turtle and
possess near infinite patience or a robust brace matching color coded
editor.  Come to think of it, as a Notepad++ XML tagger, I have one of
those. :)

Bulk?  We could move this list to Facebook.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan@ccil.org] On Behalf Of John Cowan
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 9:24 AM
To: Len Bullard
Cc: David Lee; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re:  Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes

Len Bullard scripsit:

> True story:  I made the mistake of suggesting to Erik Naggum that LISP
> wasn't the best way to get work done.  He replied by stuffing my email
> inbox with a few thousand pages of LISP documentation.  My IT guy was
> not amused.

I would say, cautiously, that the languages of the Lisp family are a
fine way to get work done for some values of "work".  In skilled hands
they are probably unsurpassed where the work is itself exploratory:
where the domain is poorly understood, or where requirements are few and
vague or changing quickly, or it is very unclear what general methods
are most appropriate.  (Let me squelch in passing the long-held myth
that "Lisp is slow": Lisp-family language implementations almost all
come with compilers as good as the state of the art, except for those
where space trumps speed completely.)

> Bulk is bulky.

That's why postings from this list are sent out with a header that says
"Precedence: bulk".

John Cowan      cowan@ccil.org      http://www.ccil.org/~cowan

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