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- Subject: Flame bait du jour
- From: Mike Champion <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2003 18:41:00 -0500
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" I wasn't altogether surprised to find that XML is now "the new VBasic"
and "the new Internet" and even "the new LAN" - what did surprise me,
however, was how very, very dull it all is.
If the answer to all the miseries of the universe is the filling in of
automated forms, then of course we have to go along with it. But is a "user
schema" really the highest aspiration of IT managers? Has our industry
ceased to involve creativity, and is it concentrating instead on simple
nuts and bolts and teams of beavering clerks setting up identical two-phase
commit in a mental state of complete tedium?"
I personally see it the other way around -- XML automates or otherwise
eliminates the utter tedium of grammar definition, parser generation, API
defintion, and other nuts and bolts stuff so that people can concentrate on
the stuff that involves creativity.