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RE: [xml-dev] DOM or SAX: Sense and Sensibility
The next stage of this seems to be people who
don't like or can't understand XSLT, so they
use it in a SAX-like way and call script functions
for everything else.
I'm curious about this subject because
I keep seeing people who learn just the barebones,
get to DOM, then use it for everything. One
of our folks, a smart lady, started doing
some tests to check resources and memory usage
and concluded that for her app, the DOM was of
no value at all. I asked her if she had looked
at SAX and she didn't know what it was. She was
at least asking good questions. What we are finding
elsewhere is that they don't bother with that.
They run to code and reinvent everything. So,
I am wondering if others are seeing the same
behavior. Is XML just that hard to learn,
too obscure, too different, or is this just
ossification brought on by years of copying
code and not looking beneath?
From: Al Snell [mailto:email@example.com]
On Wed, 7 Nov 2001, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> How often do you as experienced XML developers
> find people in your shop using DOM for work
> more appropriate to SAX? Have you asked
> them why and what do they say? What are the
> costs of picking the wrong API?
Even worse, one I've seen in processing pipelines is converting to textual
XML (as a big in-memory string) then passing it into the next stage to be