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   RE: [xml-dev] The truth about standards...

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Standards should be all the things 
the author of that blog wants, but anything 
that clear and that well-ironed out is also 
well-implemented and probably through at 
least a half-life.  Or it is trivial.

Proposing technologies on the other hand, 
without experience in the field being 
spec'd is only a learning curve and if one 
insists on calling them standard to boot, 
everyone gets to take the ride with them 
even if the train is going nowhere.  It's called 
"sharing the pain".

In short, people want to be standardizing 
while they are still experimenting because 
they fear that when the experiment is over, 
so is the market, or because they badly need 
lots of eyeballs or the experience of others 
for whatever reason.  One thing I've noticed; 
the more people get excited and run to join 
the WG, the less chance the work has of getting 
done inside a year.  Process isn't poison; 
people who use process to gain advantages 
not otherwise obtainable by technical insight are.
And when one has that insight, process lawyering 
is only needed to stop mobs.

As to the HypeMachine, one learns to ignore 
it.   One adopts personal metrics for figuring 
out when a technology train is worth catching. 
Usually it is, "how badly to I need that right 
now" and maybe "is it implemented in the toolkit 
I will be using in production six months from now".

If it gets past those two, it is also possibly 
IAW with what the author of the blog is going 
on about.


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrzej Jan Taramina [mailto:andrzej@chaeron.com]

> The reality is that the vendors are proposing technologies.

AMEN to that Len!  All this talk of "XML standards" by the vendors makes me 
sick.  The problem is that there are a lot of PHM's out there that take what the 
big boys say on face value. <sigh>


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