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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: Streaming XML (WAS: More on taming SAX (was Re:[xml-de

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On Fri, 2004-12-31 at 01:31 +0000, Miles Sabin wrote:
> Uche Ogbuji wrote,
> > > Cross-platform? Who said anything about cross-platform? What you're
> > > suggesting would prevent interoperability between parsers on the
> > > same platform.
> >
> > You define "platform" however you like.  It's not relevant to the
> > issue. If I can't invoke a Python ContentHandler from a Java driver
> > while both are running on the same Fedora Core 3 Linux installation
> > (does that count as same platform?), why is this a lesser
> > interoperability failure than the possible inability to run a use a
> > parallelized driver with an arbitrary ContentHandler?
> Hmm ... I have to say I'm not at all impressed with this response.

It's a good thing I wasn't trying to impress you.

> I'm saying that your creative but broken repurposing of the SAX APIs, 
> whether in their Java variant or their Python variant, would prevent 
> interoperability between parsers and ContentHandlers from different 
> implementors on the same platform _however_ defined.
> Plug a standard Java ContentHandler into a Java parser with the 
> semantics you're proposing and it will almost certainly break.
> Plug a standard Python ContentHandler (or whatever the equivalent is) 
> into a Python parser with the semantics you're proposing and it will 
> almost certainly break.
> This is so blindingly obvious that I can only assume that you're 
> trolling ...

I can say the same thing for your own seeming inability to consider what
I see as the blindingly obvious premise that a SAX implementation that
was designed for parallelization would of course be primarily suited for
content handlers that were also designed for parallelization.  Using
your terminology, you could consider the parallel architecture itself a
platform, and the fact that parallel and non-parallel don't mix is no
more extraordinary than the fact that Java and Python implementations do
not mix.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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