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On Thursday 17 January 2002 12:44 am, Ronald Bourret wrote:
> The problem with that sort of person is not the hype around XML or
> anything else. It's that they believe there is a silver bullet at
> all. You could tell them your product is a text editor and they'd
> see an industrial strength publishing system. Granted, marketing
> people often supply the ammunition, but those sorts of wounds are
Very true... but this happens time and again. People often don't
realize that the choice to use XML is the tip of the iceberg. I think
trivialising the problems, and giving XML magic qualities is giving
people rope to hang themselves with.
> A lot of it also has to do with simplicity, both perceived and
> actual. S-expressions are not simple, at least not to the man on the
And XML is? S-expressions are probably easier to write tools for, and
as descriptive as XML. Of course, XML wins because the tools already
> > That said, well-developed
> > applications of XML *are* better than almost anything
> > else....especially in terms of flexibility/evolution. I've been
> > preaching that cautiously optimistic message for a long time...
> And the silver bullet folks are taking another one between the eyes
I must admit to being guilty of a little hyping in the past. Still,
I've also usually been able to deliver on the promise.