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It's still worth it if the learning curve is retained.
A small team can put a small craft into
sub-orbital flight at lower costs. But
the composites and display systems came of
having a big team do it first at very high costs.
That's progress. "It don't come easy" or cheap
the first time, and if the progress isn't replicable,
the second time either. It will be interesting
to see what the W3C does to learn, remember, and
reapply. We're in that same mode at the W3DC.
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:email@example.com]
Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> But understand the audience and don't play Bach if they came
> to boogie. Could XQuery have come out in successive versions
> with simpler accompaniment?
We now know that we could have done most of the type work later,
releasing a dynamically typed language and adding the static typing in a
subsequent release. The awful fact is, we couldn't know that for sure
until after the static typing was done.
And I think we could have been done 1 to 2 years earlier if we had
learned the lessons we now know about process on a complex spec with
lots of players and lots of industry interest. The awful fact is, we had
to flounder a while to figure some of this out.