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RE: is that a fork in the road?

The bet-your-business folks will make sure their vendors sell them the
and see to it that the consultants involved are 
aware of the fact that business applications are 
harder to build, and quite a bit more complex than 
the road better traveled these days.  That is how 
competition works.  The smart competitors sell more product.

It isn't complexity we have to worry about; it 
is systems failure because of experiments that get 
into production.  We have the current mess because 
people believed simple was better when what they 
were seeing was third generation applications.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Ken North [mailto:ken_north@compuserve.com]

> XML Schema is an obvious step because it adds type information.

It's true the number of XML specs raises the complexity of application
development, but many organizations are doing much more with XML than rating
web pages.

If you're building a mission critical system ("bet-your-business"), you're
going to want to exploit constraints and type-checking. You also want to
know that answers coming back from queries are correct -- the fundamental
motivation for a formal approach using a data model and query algebra.