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   UNIX pipes, XML processing

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 10:31:29 -0400

From http://www.bell-labs.com/history/unix/philosophy.html:

>As McIlroy described it, "the philosophy that everyone started 
>to put forth was 'Write programs that do one thing and do it 
>well. Write programs to work together. Write programs that 
>handle text streams, because that is a universal interface.'"

I know this has come up on this list before, but it's very nice description
of how XML processing might work.  We get the benefit of structured and
labelled text, which I think makes it easier to work with, but I hope we
can let a bit of this kind of philosophy seep into our development.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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