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   RE: [xml-dev] XML in the alleged Real World

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20 years ago, one could bet that an online or offline 
discussion of a computer science edge case would be 
held by people *trained* for computer science.  They 
not only could solve edge cases, they lived for them. 
Some thought that a priesthood, but it was really 
just a profession.

Now there is a web of people from all walks of life 
and background attempting to program with tools that 
are designed with an 80/20 philosophy.  This 
philosophy guarantees edge cases are not only difficult, 
but are often obtuse and abstract to one trying to solve 
the last 20% of their problems with only 20% of the 
necessary knowledge.  

This is the result of the tradeoff for ubiquitous 
egalitarian computing systems.  Every bit of complexity 
pushes a few more people off the back of the turnip 
truck of self-educated programmers.  80/20 does not 
guarantee ubiquity; it guarantees elites, but the 
the alternative is to segregate training by profession.

The real world is as it makes itself and not what 
it considers itself.  This is the root of 
misunderstanding that those trained in science 
attempt to overcome by testing.



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