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   re: XML SIG 17 September: Elliotte Rusty Harold on What's Wrong withXML

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  • Subject: re: XML SIG 17 September: Elliotte Rusty Harold on What's Wrong withXML APIs (and How to Fix Them)
  • From: Martin Klang <martin@o-xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 14:48:38 +0000 (GMT)

-- "W. E. Perry" wrote:

> Elliotte Rusty Harold has spent the last year exhaustively documenting
> the existing APIs, and this convinced him that better APIs are
> desperately needed.

or maybe in many cases you could do away with the API's altogether?

look at XSLT, a complete programming language that _is_ XML and thus
doesn't need an API. XSLT has it's own shortcomings, especially if you try
to use it as a procedural language substitute, but the paradigm of writing
XML processing logic _in XML_ is, in my opinion, very powerful indeed.

I believe the same approach could be used to create an object-oriented
procedural language, which (as by chance..) is what i've been busying
myself with lately. If you're interested, the work i've done so far on
creating a spec and compiler/interpertor can be seen here ->>


early days still, but my feeling is there's huge potential in this field
for all types of XML development.

just me tuppence worth, regards,

Martin Klang
Alpha Plus Technology Ltd


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