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"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" wrote:
> If you ever find yourself in front of an audience trying
> to explain the why of XML, particularly to programmers,
> try this:
> XML interoperability is often misunderstood because since XML
> does not have operations, what is it doing to make a system
> interoperable?  The network effect? The network effect is a
> power law, not a force for good or evil. Like XML, it does not care.
> Think about it as two dimensions of interoperable scalability.
> In the x, there is data.   In the y, there are operations.
> The x dimension scales almost infinitely if the names are well chosen.
> The y dimension does not scale well as most operations are local.

I believe the y dimension assumption breaks down in a service-oriented
architecture, in which operations are shared among multiple service
consumers. But my statement may/may not be contadicted by the rest of
your post.

Kind Regards,
Joe Chiusano
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Strategy and Technology Consultants to the World

> However, when the x names are chosen well, that is, are
> semantically potent, the x and y dimensions couple via the network
> power law to drive the value of x and y simultaneously.
> That coupling is why XML won.
> len
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