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  • From: "Sue Kuivanen" <specialkevents@hotmail.com>
  • To: xml-dev@XML.ORG
  • Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 23:04:22 GMT

Thank you so much Soumitra!  I needed the break down of the categories. You 
are right.  I think number 3 is it, too.

Lately, some friends have asked me what the deal is with XML, is it 
important to their company and, if so, how?  As a consultant, I see more of 
these questions coming to me.  Any comments on this?


>From: Soumitra Sengupta <soumitra@b-bop.com>
>To: Sue Kuivanen <specialkevents@hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: Path to take
>Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 15:37:05 -0700
>Depends what you mean by XML Expert.  In my mind there are 3 kinds of XML
>1. People who can design, extend and modify the XML standard.  These are 
>who have very deep understanding of markup languages, computer science and
>language design
>2. People who can use XML to design their own languages.  These are usually
>business analysts who learn the XML and related standard semantics and can
>design languages like CML, XHTML etc.  The domain expertise is the key here 
>deep knowledge of markup language design.
>3. People who can use XML/XSL to design applications.  I think these are 
>who understands programming languages but not necessarily are programmers
>themselves.  Someone who can design HTML websites using DHTML, ASP, 
>VBScript and
>Javascript etc. can become reasonably proficient at this
>4. People who develop products and systems that use XML and related
>technologies.  These are the real hardcore techies who knoe C++/Java/Perl 
>other languages and design methodologies.
>My assumption is that you are aiming to be of the 3rd type (please pardon 
>me if
>I misjudged your interest).
>One of the ways to achieve this is to work for a company developing their
>website or their product using XML/XSL.  If you have enough expertise 
>websites and are willing to put in the hours, you could pick up enough 
>to be an expert in category 3.
>Do not know if that helps.
>Sue Kuivanen wrote:
> > I would like to become an XML expert and am having difficulty 
>determining a
> > plan of action to acquire this goal.  I am trying to determine which
> > courses, languages or programs to enlist and which ones to prioritize.
> >
> > I am not a hard core techie, but am open to it if this is what is 
> > to become an XML expert. I have taken introductory courses to 
> > programming and XML. I am signed up to take an online CSS course.  I am 
> > consultant who does technical writing, analysis and web design.  I am
> > familar with most of the XML list groups and websites.
> >
> > If I say, I need to learn Java, then often it seems I need to learn C++. 
>  Is
> > JavaScript, Active Server Pages, HTML and XML a route?  Can anyone offer
> > suggestions?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Sue
> >
> >
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