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   Re: [xml-dev] Painful USA Today article (was RE: [xml-dev] ANN: RESTTuto

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Joshua Allen wrote:
> But if an RFP says that you need
> to use XML in the foreigner-tracking database, then that's what you have
> to do.

No, you don't. You can refuse the contract (which I believe Len says he
sometimes does) or beat the customer over the head until they understand
why feature X is a bad idea. Refusing to do nonsensical things won't
make you richer, but does lead to better software (communities, schools,
whatever). I'm well aware that this is a pretty idealistic viewpoint,
but it's always served me (and those I work for) quite well.

> There are still DOD RFPs that specify that you must code the solution in
> Ada.

And we wonder where our tax dollars went...

-- Ron


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