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Re: Steve Ballmer is cracking up
- From: Al Snell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: XML Everywhere <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 13:17:39 +0100 (BST)
On Fri, 22 Jun 2001, XML Everywhere wrote:
> After many intense battles, the
> XML proponents won. I wonder why
> that is... did XML make software less
> brittle, easier to prototype, easier to
> integrate, ...
Uhoh! Myths of XML again!
> I suspect it's all of these
> things and more. Did it matter that XML is
> 'open' .. I'm sure Microsoft didn't
> care much about openness at the beginning,
> but now I think they understand that
> openness is a necessary evil,
> if only to keep their thousands of
> programmers in line.
Tee hee :-)
> I'm sure most of you out there
> are reading this email on Windows.
I'm glad to say that no Windows machines were inolved in the making of
this reply. My mail servers run NetBSD, and I run pine and IMP from a
NetBSD box. I am accessing it from a FreeBSD machine at work.
I'm lucky to not be forced to use Windows for my work. I have a win 98
machine - for playing Half Life!
> XML or not, Microsoft wins. XML will
> no doubt help them get to where
> they want to go. Probably faster
> than their competition.
Possibly. Although I don't think XML itself has done much good for the
software industry, the fact that people are thinking about data
interchange again is a good thing that leads to more flexible modular
programming models (a cause I champion :-)
Alaric B. Snell
http://www.alaric-snell.com/ http://RFC.net/ http://www.warhead.org.uk/
Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software