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RE: [xml-dev] DOM or SAX: Sense and Sensibility

Off topic aside;-

Whilst it's well known how a pack of penguins will wait for another to enter
the water before they do for fear of predators, it was less known how they
solve the problem of who enters the water first.

It turns out they solve the problem nicely by pushing one into the water
first and seeing what happens...


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Bullard, Claude L (Len) [SMTP:clbullar@ingr.com]
> Sent:	Wednesday, November 07, 2001 8:15 PM
> To:	david.hunter@mobileq.com
> Cc:	xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject:	RE: [xml-dev] DOM or SAX:  Sense and Sensibility
> Another reason seems to be the "buddy effect".  Some 
> people are afraid to be the first penguin in the water 
> because of the hungry walruses.  So they wait until 
> a penguin gets hungry enough to go in after fish, 
> and if it returns, others follow.  That story is a 
> cultural metaphor for companies that have badgered 
> their employees into "do only your job inside the 
> box I give you" thinking.  These types wait until 
> the pilot implementors or pioneers come back, then 
> get their code or pick their brains and do only that.
> <offtopic>I see a lot of that these days as the layoff disease 
> spreads and the panic goes deeper.  Of course, that 
> kind of thinking might be said to lead to conditions 
> where a shrinking market share is inevitable, but 
> that also might be wrong.  It depends on how one 
> views the notion that well-focused employees are 
> productive employees.  Both ends of the argument 
> are right and not mutually exclusive depending 
> on conditions.  Yet, failing to know how to pick 
> the right API for the job, worse, failing to be aware 
> there are options seems to be inefficient in the 
> first case and not survival-oriented in the second.
> It is very hard to fix a culture that is inward-facing 
> out of fear because the typical response is to pretend 
> to superiority as a means of masking the failure to 
> understand the situation.</offtopic>
> len
> -----Original Message-----
> From: david.hunter@mobileq.com [mailto:david.hunter@mobileq.com]
> I think a lot of programmers, who aren't XML gurus, just got used to the
> fact that "this is
> the way you work with XML".  I've even heard people referring to an XML
> document as "a DOM", which shows how deep the confusion can go.
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