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   Re: [xml-dev] WSIO vs. Semantic Web

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On Wed, 2002-02-13 at 12:25, Francis Norton wrote:
> Is the success or the failure of Web Services that you fear more?

Neither.  It's the continuing insistence on XML being primarily/solely a
tool for program-to-program communication, and the seemingly endless
pileup of programming concepts (data types, OOP, etc.) that just keep
encrusting what used to be a small and very useful approrach to
exchanging information as text.

SOAP can do what it does, but I have to admit that at this point I wish
it's creators had fixated on ASN.1, since Web Services now utterly
dominates notions of "what XML is good for".  I have no qualms about
blaming Steve Ballmer & fellows for that.

To me, that's powerful poison for the ongoing development of a
technology (XML) which is good for much more.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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