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RE: is that a fork in the road?
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: Tim Bray <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 10:41:23 -0600
SQL required years and iterations. UNIX took thousands
upon thousands of manhours of work and even then,
spawned multiple incompatible versions and never
became a usuable technology outside its own priesthood.
C's inventor required extensible typing
and inheritance of method and code, so C++, now
C# because Java hasn't quite lived up to the
promise of write once run anywhere.
This isn't matter of not trying to solve the entire problem
but of understanding the entire problem and
working toward a complete solution. That's the
real lesson of history; iteration and rework.
XML is one step beyond comma-delimited
character strings. That's 20. Whoopee.
The 80 is Beyond XML. Back to the wars.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Tim Bray [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 6:04 PM
Subject: RE: is that a fork in the road?
At 04:01 PM 02/03/01 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>Success? Everyone can use <... ...="..." />.
>Whoopee! Try to connect the dots and see
>what happens. That minimal victory bites.
Whoopee indeed, based on what seems to be happening
out there. The lesson here is the same as the one
taught by the Web itself, by the C and Java
languages, by SQL, by the Unix system call interface,
in fact from virtually every successful world-changing
technology deployment: don't try to solve the whole
Or to put it in Len's terms, minimal victories are just
fine, because they're the ones you can actually get.
It dawns on me that I've now probably said this enough
times... -Tim "80-20" Bray