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  • Subject: Flame bait du jour
  • From: Mike Champion <mc@xegesis.org>
  • 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.

Mike Champion


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