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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:email@example.com]
"Tinkerism" is the best you can HOPE for in such an environment.