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   RE: [xml-dev] Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You

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Yes.  There is a reason for lists such as XML-Dev 
and a reason that authorities of various ilks keep ears here. 
There is sufficient talent, skill, knowledge and motivation 
among the individuals who inhabit this ecospace 
to drill down to the bottom of almost any XML design issue 
presented here.  That makes this a pretty good place to 
sound out ideas, get a rough vetting of a design, and so 
on.   This is where tinkerers come for a live audience. 

The question now with regards to open web and other systems 
development is whether or not any proposal can reach escape 
velocity with the numbers of forces assembled to pull it 
back to the ground.  It is the question of satisfying all the 
people all of the time.  The MS officer's complaint 
that web sites aren't picking up on web services might be 
met by an explanation that cites just how many parts of the 
web are now in motion (stay drafts for a very long time) and 
have conflicting solutions (see schemas).  This makes it easy 
to look at any next generation web thingie and say, "Sounds 
Good Maybe Later".  In other words, consensus is increasingly 
hard to come by given such a large group.  So the architecting 
of the web slows down and point solutions start to dominate 
the landscape of "new and different".   And that is how 
tinkering becomes a killer app.  It emerges while everyone 
else is pontificating.


From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]

"Tinkerism" is the best you can HOPE for in such an environment.


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