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Good. So all is not darkness and Orcs
waiting in the bushes to strike.
Despite all the whining and other expressive
thoughts, we actually are a lot further ahead
these days in interoperability, scalability,
and portable long lived data than we were
ten years ago. Maybe that is the one good
thing about living through CALS, HyTime,
image-based hypermedia, and the early word
procesors: we do have a measure of how much
this has all improved.
Two favs in the MS toolkit are the
SAX writer and reader tools. Hiding the
syntax nasties helps sell the API. Showing
those to our developers is how I got them
to finally consider DOM alternatives. So,
some en*thrall*ment ain't always a bad thing.
Too much and we lose the very thing we got
into markup for: platform independence of
information. Too little and we lose the
developers who would like to get to dinner
before it gets cold.
From: Tim Bray [mailto:email@example.com]
At 11:12 AM 11/01/02 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>All that aside, do you think the CLR notion has
>the technical merit that it deserves a second
Looks good to me, & most people I talk to, including
James Clark. In fact the API is not very much different
from the standard Java classes, which despite our whining
are actually not too bad by & large. -Tim