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   Re: [xml-dev] XML strategies

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> 7/20/2002 11:04:03 AM, Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com> wrote:
> >
> >And the like.  This is the sort of thing I expect to read from Infoworld 
> >analysts, and not on a list for XML *developers*.
> Oh, well, it looks like I have new career options, if not the
> respect of my peers :~)

Oh come now, Mike.  Speaking for myself, I admire your patience.  You've 
answered a lot of recent questions on this list that I would have been more 
likely to flame.

I guess that because I visit Google a good 30 times a day, and it does the 
trick for me, I find it hard to comprehend why anyone would bother mailing 
lists with stultifying questions.

> But seriously, I interpreted Robert Leftwich's post as an honest inquiry
> about a hard problem:  how does one actually take this tangled web of 
> XML ideas and tools and do something with it in a real company?  Take one of
> a competing set of off-the-shelf set of schemas?  Wait for the Real Thing
> to come along?  Roll your own schemas / transforms and throw them away
> if a standard comes along?  

If you can answer such a question in general: you should be the Warren Buffett 
of the XML community.

I don't claim to be such an omniscient.

> Exactly. We've had some interesting threads that tried to tease out a "decision
> tree" (or at least some of the nodes in one) for some other problems that
> end users face, such as whether to use an RDBMS or XML DB.  This could be
> the start of another one:  how would someone who doesn't have the experience
> to have a "best judgment" go about choosing?  

Most of those discussions had a reasonable bounds on them.  I don't see any 
bounds on this one.  It's an invitation to write a collaborative encyclopaedia 
on XML-DEV.  We've had some admirable projects here, but you'll have to count 
me out of this one.  I'll answer specific, well-bounded questions when I'm 

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net    http://4Suite.org    http://fourthought.com
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