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Guillaume Lebleu wrote:
> But once in production, why not switch my Serializer to serialize to YAML,
> Binary or what have you (even keep DOM objects for ex. for in-process
> communications), as long as both service consumers and producers
> agree? I could keep my application that receives DOM objects or SAX events
> but have actually something sent on the network that looks totally different
> from XML.
Because then when something does wrong (and it always does) it's no
longer easily inspectable.
> I know this would greatly help performance.
I know no such thing. Actual measurements are required to make claims
about performance. Furthermore, measurements of one specific scenario
can not be blindly extrapolated to different scenarios. Optimizations
made for one purpose often hinder performance in other scenarios. XML
seems to be a fairly good middle-of-the-road approach for a lot (not
all) applications. There are applications where XML doesn't fit well.
You'll find quite a few of them in
http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xbc-use-cases-20040728/ Perhaps rather than
breaking XML for all the cases where it does work well now, we should
invent a new format that matches these different needs. One solution
does not fit all problems.
Elliotte Rusty Harold firstname.lastname@example.org
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