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Re: [xml-dev] More predictions to mull over

On Feb 14, 2007, at 2:52 PM, Elliotte Harold wrote:

> Len Bullard wrote:
>> We’ve had the same ‘… is dead’ predictions for lots of languages  
>> and technologies.   We’ve been having the same debates on the VRML/ 
>> X3D lists since those statements from the gamers that ‘no one  
>> serious does anything with….” some months ago.  Fortran is still  
>> out there, Cobol is still out there and any time someone says  
>> ‘yes, but who cares’, check out which language is running a lot of  
>> missile control systems and which one is still running a lot of  
>> banks.  Densities change but not the fact of for a sizable x there  
>> is some evidence of n.
> Dead or dying. CORBA is dead. [...] On the other hand tech like  
> CORBA and OSI that never achieved orbit or even left the launch pad  
> in the first place are thoroughly dead. They don't even have much  
> of a legacy to support.

I'll be the first to agree that CORBA is dying, and deserves it. But  
to say it never took off is just not true: I know from first-hand  
experience that there are lots and lots of big mission-critical apps,  
e.g. in the telecommunications and banking industries, that were  
built on CORBA.

Stefan Tilkov, http://www.innoq.com/blog/st/

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