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   Re: Joel on XML

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  • From: Dave Winer <dave@userland.com>
  • To: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@geotempo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 23:21:25 -0700

Rick, that was the paragraph I wanted people on the xml-dev list to

Also look at the protocol that Napster uses, and don't take this as an
excuse (it's already been done) to debate whether it's piracy or not. It's
something to behold, to see how simple it is, how suited to the problem it
solves, without any fanfare or bluster, or debate or second-guessing. Like
HTTP and HTML were in 1992 or so.


According to the company there are 20 million nodes running that protocol
right now. That's approximately 20 million more than are running XML-RPC or

Moral of the story. Abstraction takes you away from the application, which
is the only place that has juice.

One man's opinion.



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