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   XML ... simple building blocks, simple assembly mechanisms, endless comp

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  • Subject: XML ... simple building blocks, simple assembly mechanisms, endless complexity
  • From: "Roger L. Costello" <costello@mitre.org>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 09:48:11 -0400
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Hi Folks,
I think that XML is a lot like Legos. 
Consider Legos: with simple building blocks that have clearly defined assembling mechanisms (i.e., ways of snapping the blocks together) you can create a virtually endless variety and complexity of structures.
Consider XML: in XML there are just two building blocks: (1) tags, and (2) data.   The assembling mechanisms of XML building blocks are very simple: (1) a tag can embed tag(s), and (2) a tag can embed data.  With these building blocks, and these assembly mechanisms virtually any information structure can be created.
Simple building blocks ... simple assembly mechanisms ... endless complexity.


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