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   Re: [xml-dev] XML=WAP? And DOA?

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1/13/2002 5:02:56 PM, "Jens Jakob Andersen, PDI" 
<jens.jakob.andersen@post.dk> wrote:

>I was at a web-developer meeting with 5 dot-com survivors 
(none got rich, real survivors!), and we talked about XML.

Did they have to exchange data with anyone else or import 
data from a shifting set of applications?  If you are master 
of your own destiny and have already built your 
infrastructure, you probably have little need for XML.

> suddenly everybody had to code and code and code, since 
> suddenly XML shows all that it is lacking.

I'd be very interested to know what was lacking.  I thought 
the whole point of all the stuff that has been piled onto XML 
in the last couple of years was to reduce the amount of 
procedural code that had to be written to validate, 
transform, display, and query XML, but it would be very 
useful to get a breakdown of where that had to be 
supplemented, worked around, etc.

>1. Is XML allready dead or dying?

I doubt it ... Remember that XML is all about improving the 
"plumbing" of Web applications; it makes the boring stuff 
easier and cheaper but doesn't do a whole lot for the 
interesting parts of a development project.  I'm very glad 
that I can buy standardized pipe and connections and hire 
people who are certified as knowing how to use it, even 
though it takes a lot of additional  work to make the 
plumbing supplies do anything useful.

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