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   Re: [xml-dev] InnerXml is like printf (WAS: Underwhelmed)

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Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com> wrote:
| Arjun Ray wrote,

| Well, I've heard a lot of complaints about printf's in my time, but I 
| don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about them being so simple 
| that even chimps could use 'em ;-)

Oh, I wasn't complaining!  Rather, it was an issue why the Printf Style
continues to have so much traction, and I think the answer is to a great
extent "managerial" - in terms of their (at least implicit) requirements
on wetware.

Albeit in a different context, Sean Mc Grath once described the phenomenon
as "Problem Containment":

: Utilmately, no one can buck the market and the market only buys what
: it can understand. Just ask Bill. The market understands percieved 
: simplicity, short term gain, immediate results, problem containment[1].
: [...]
: [1] Problem Containment
: There are two ways to get work done with a computer:-
: a) Manually: It will take hours but you will get there eventually.
: Progress will be slow but measurable. The total time required can
: be accurately estimated and budgeted for. Required expertise level
: can be diminished to the point where cheap/casual labor can do the job.
: Hell, if necessary, you can call in the kids to help out.
: b) Automatically: This involves an unmeasurable period of seemingly 
: zero progress (software development/application configuration) followed 
: by an instantaneous result - all going well. The expertise level is
: high, easily annoyed, expensive and drinks a lot of coffee.
: People who sign purchase orders will go for (a) far more often than (b).

|>    parent.add( new Eusability( ).aFactor( 2 ).add( s ) ) ;

Oops, should have been:

      parent.add( new Eusability( ).aFactor( i ).add( s ) ) ;

| You missed out the first step: "first write your vocabulary specific 
| library". 

Actually, that would be *generate* your vocabulary specific library. :-)

| That'd make sense in some cases, but clearly not in anything like all.

Where "all" includes spur-of-the-moment as-the-spirit-moves-you tag soup,
I agree.


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