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  • From: Charles Reitzel <creitzel@mediaone.net>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 12:41:09 -0400 (EDT)

>At 10:42 AM 8/27/98 +1000, Marcus Carr wrote:
>>... two thirds of the people ... have never made a telephone call.
Dan Ancona wrote:       
>Usability Matters, whether it's an API, a file format, an OS, or a piece of
>software. Just ask my Mom ...

10-4.  Programmers are people too!  I like sockets, myself.  ODBC is ok.
OCI is ugly but it gets the job done.  These all have stood the test of
millions of lines of code.  

Microsoft's object-like database interfaces look good from 10' going 20mph.,
but always have implementation problems.  Object frameworks are either too
big (er, MFC) or seem to solve somebody else's problem, or you are using
SAP/Baan/Peoplesoft.  Usually I kill two birds and write wrapper classes
around the API: both to provide API insulation and make the app code easier
to read and harder to goof up.  A talented C++ programmer can make it look
just like Java!

Does SAX support the notion of a low-level/full-control interface with
high-level/app-safe layers over it?  Is this what filters do?  Does anyone
have a pointer to a conceptual overview of the SAX object hierarchy?


Charles Reitzel
Independent Consultant

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