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you know better. :-)
XML-Dev is a fussy list. It inherited most of the
momentum of the original
SIG/WG. There are people here who like yourself, are learning XML
there are people here who actually know how to use an SGML Declaration
file. IOW, this list is unique precisely because
of the broadness and diversity.
other hand, this is a technical list, per se, and most blurbs that market
companies, their agendas, etc., won't be
well-received. Don't take it too
seriously. Keep in mind this list holds an annual
haiku contest too. So,
isn't all bits and bytes here, but be sure that there is no other list where
technical *passions* for XML and markup run as high. XML-Dev is as
said of Byron: mad, bad, and dangerous to know.
there an anti-Microsoft crowd here? Yes. But consider
that is true of a lot
lists and a big part of the IT industry. MS is the hands down
desktop operating system sweepstakes. Sitting in the big chair always
requires them to take punches. It's called
success. Some of the folks
are core tool builders. One might say that most of the XML-Dev crew
to parse and profit. Competition breeds a bit of antipathy.
last decade, MS made enemies with sharp elbowed, hardball business
practices. You can't count on justice, but
karma is reliable.
there MS supporters here who welcome new information that widens
knowledge of MS developments in XML? Yes. Some are
the company, while others, like myself, are MSThralls. That doesn't
"enthralled". It is a reference to an old Star Trek episode where an
underground race of disincarnate brains kidnapped other
races to fight
games while the jarbrains bet quatloos. In other words, we didn't
be supporters, but have jobs where our companies have chosen
toolsets for us, and like good Thralls, we get in the ring everyday
try to use them to win. While I don't care too much about what
believes, I found the .NET tutorials you posted extremely useful.
like that are best noted with a URL, a title that says what it is
minimum to no cheerleading.
in here and read. There are a couple of perennial threads and
posters that you will learn to recognize as having put
a stake in the
on their technical positions. I learn a lot from these folks.