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Using XML for data interchange isn't always the best solution, anyway;
XML is far better suited to document-type formats,
Could you please elaborate on why you believe that using XML for data
interchange isn't always the best solution, and what better solutions
there may be?
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Alaric B Snell wrote:
> Baiss Magnusson wrote:
> > I have a direct to java client web application which parses a XML file,
> > I designed the XML syntax, of recipes into Enterprise Objects (EO's).
> > My question is: How does one go about creating interoperability with
> > other applications?
> > For instance, there is another cookbook application around which has an
> > export function and produces an XML type file of similar, but slightly
> > different tag syntax than my cookbook program. I would like to import
> > it's recipes.
> > Is there something about XML services that I am missing?
> Nope - XML doesn't magically make things interoperate; just as with any
> other data format, both ends need to be aware of the meaning of the
> information you're passing back and forth to make sense of it!
> So you define XML formats - like XHTML, SVG, and so on - specifying what
> elements go inside what other elements, and documenting what they
> *mean*. Both applications must stick to the same spec to acheive anything.
> There has been much hype to the tune that XML somehow improves
> interoperability, but alas, there is no real truth behind it.
> Using XML for data interchange isn't always the best solution, anyway;
> XML is far better suited to document-type formats, where the content you
> are exchange is (at heart) a single string of text with structural and
> styling information supplied by the elements. If your XML looks like this:
> <para>text text text text text text text text
> <productName>foo</productName> text text text ...
> ...then everyone seems to agree that XML is good, but when you start to
> get stuff more like:
> ...then you may find it easier to stick to better-established standards
> for such things, like CSV files!
> My personal measure of when XML is being used outside of its domain is
> to think about what the content would look like if I just stripped out
> all the elements. The first example comes out as:
> text text text text text text text text foo text text text...
> Which, had I written some better example prose than 'text', would make
> some sense, whereas the purchase order comes out as:
> 12345-2341234 G345 10
> ...which suggests this is really data being exchanged, rather than a
> But plenty of others will disagree... :-)
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