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I came across an article describing BEA's "native XML" scripting
capabilities that seems relevant to the discussions over the


" While designing native XML scripting, our objective was to drastically simplify writing 
code to create, navigate, and manipulate XML by eliminating some of the challenges described 
above. Above all, we wanted a solution that was familiar and intuitive to developers, 
minimizing the need for specialized knowledge and flattening the XML learning curve. The 
result is code that is easy to read, write, and maintain without a huge stack of reference 
manuals by your side.  "

The rationale is explained more deeply in an old End Tags article by
Adam Bosworth: 
"whole forests are dying to compensate for the XML community's one great failure?the lack of 
a decent programming model for manipulating XML... I contend that until we have a language 
that natively understands the data structures inherent in XML and enables optimized 
algorithms for processing it, we will not have real XML programming."

[I have no particular opinion on or stake in this stuff, just thought it was interesting in 
the context of the recent threads stimulated by XOM.]


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