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1/7/2002 11:03:57 AM, Adam Turoff <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Unifying the remaining
>> portion of XQuery and all of XSLT would certainly take a significant amount
>> of time -- I would estimate it as at least an additional year.
>It sounds like that would be time wisely spent. I find it less
>important to get XQuery 1.0 out the door "quickly", and more
>important that XQuery 1.0 is substantially similar to the XQuery
>that will be in use in five-to-ten years' time,
For what it's worth, I agree. BUT we have this little problem that expectations have
been raised, XML is near the "peak of inflated expectations" in the hype cycle,
and the pundits are starting to smell blood in the water. See
Actually, the first is full of somewhat naive optimism that the rash of recent W3C drafts
"outline an increasingly interlocked network of Web standards that promises to be more resistant
than ever to the whims of a dominant proprietary software company" whereas the second says
"Now, more than three years after XML's introduction, IT shops implementing industry-specific
variants find themselves looking at multiyear, multimillion-dollar projects that leave two
fundamental obstacles unchallenged." is the one smelling blood.
The folks who pay the bills seldom give us enough time to "do the right thing." There's
a Frequently Quoted Maxim from Voltaire that "the best is the enemy of the good." How
can we get the good and the best to kiss and make up with respect to XPath/XSLT/XQuery?