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RE: ??? (was RE: A simple guy with a simple problem)
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 15:47:39 -0600
Yes. ASCII on the wire is simple.
It also didn't carry the day when
Berners-Lee looked at the problems
of sharing research at CERN. Yes,
I still know how to get into Pine
and clean out a clogged mailbox.
So why isn't the solution for
XML interoperability simple? Too
lofty? Or a hard problem? Or too
many requirements? Too many cooks?
Bad spec process? Too hard?
If the HumanML group can write simple
requirements, they too may be successful.
Or someone with a proprietary COM object
strapped to the IE5 browser just does it
and tells the standards groups to go to
Once upon a time all anyone needed was a
Usenet address. Gone the way of Google.
Mind you, I'm not campaigning for top down
design, academic requirements, whatever.
I'm saying, Too Much Relgion to Either Extreme
usually fails. A lot of the successes
being cited are actually failing and no
one is admitting it. Let me cite some
o HTML - the Last Hope for WebKind. Oops, XHTML. Not simple.
o XML - The Last Hope for the Business. Oops, no data model. Not simple.
o TCP/IP - ok but UDP is better when
you round a hill or go under a bridge.
Turns out the OSI guys were probably right. UDP is simple.
On the other hand, it requires Not Simple props
if the packets get lost.
o UNIX - loved but forlorn and considered
an 'academic' system except where people have
already graduated and have jobs. Not simple compared to VMS.
o LINUX - loved but the
support costs too much. One bullet or
car accident to one guy and even Red Hat won't
be able to bear the costs. Good system; bad bet.
Not simple compared to installing Win2000.
o The Web - sounds good. The Russian Mafia
adores it. Not simple once you find out what
it takes to build a secure application and
find out the performance still sucks.
And so on. For every simple application,
there are dozens and dozens of non-interoperable
extensions and undocumented hacks. It is
good to start simple; it is better to keep a
good team well-focused and choose according
to well-thought through requirements. Simple
never stays simple.
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