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   RE: Source code for MSXML [was RE: [xml training/tutorials, etc]]

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  • From: Bob DeRemer <Bob.Deremer@wonderware.com>
  • To: "'Bob Kline'" <bkline@rksystems.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 03:51:43 -0700

Not being from MS nor having any inside connections in their XML group, I
have no idea if they plan on open-sourcing the MSXML source.  I can see why
it wouldn't be.  Most of MS's stuff [even though it supports the standard as
spec'd by W3C], typically augments it.  In many cases, this may be a good
thing, as it provides more functionality so developing engineers don't have
to write as much grunt work code.  On the other hand, it may also tie it MS
platforms for various reasons (i.e. performance, lock-in, who knows).

I personally don't mind since we are solely a MS shop.  Maybe someone else
can comment on this?


-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Kline [mailto:bkline@rksystems.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 1:40 PM
To: Bob DeRemer
Cc: 'xml-dev@xml.org'
Subject: Source code for MSXML [was RE: [xml training/tutorials, etc]]

On Wed, 10 May 2000, Bob DeRemer wrote:

> Alex,
> I can't comment much on the applet end, as I work solely in the MS
> environment and haven't gotten into Java much, but the primary means
> for accessing an XML document [via a file, URL, stream] is the XML
> DOM [Document Object Model].  You can use the SAX, but if you're
> going to be manipulating the XML, the DOM is the way to go.  In the
> MS environment, MSXML.DLL is MS's XML parser.  It provides a COM
> interface for dealing with the DOM and can be called from C++, VB,
> JavaScript, JScript, VBScript, etc.  This and much more can be found
> at the ms site below.  For other non-ms stuff, see one of the other
> links.

Do you know (or does anyone else on the list know) if there are any
plans to open-source MSXML?  Lack of access to the source code is the
primary obstacle to using this package on the projects I'm involved

Bob Kline

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