Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 5:46
Subject: RE: Use of XML ?
> -----Original Message-----
From: Al Snell [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 12:47 PM
> To: Ajay K sanghi
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: Use of XML ?
> 2) Requiring both sides to
have an XML parser isn't *that* much less
restrictive then requiring both sides to have a JVM either :-)
Uhh, tell that to Mr. Gates and Mr. Ballmer, and the millions
of Win XP users who will have to install their own JVM!
Actually, this gets to the most important "why use XML"
rationale: because it's there. For a mixture of reasons, the
industry all decided to jump on the XML bandwagon, so the classic "chicken and
egg" problem is avoided: there is a supply of XML tools everywhere because
there is demand for XML, and a demand for XML because the necessary tools are
So, XML is sortof like Zsa Zsa Gabor -- famous for being
famous :~) It is pervasive bacause it is pervasive, and you should consider
using it if for no other reason than because everyone else is using it.
Of course, he who lives by the hype shall die by the hype, but there is enough
of a hard core of truth in the XML hype to last us