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Re: [xml-dev] XML API Course Content: Yoir opinion

Chin Chee-Kai wrote, On 2008-10-03 09:41:
> Jonas Mellin wrote:
>> Now, one of the program directors essentially wants the students to 
>> write a PHP program accessing an XML source and display as HTML. He 
>> considers this to be sufficient for a pass. So, we have a slight 
>> difference in opinion of what is required to pass an XML API course.
>> So, what is your opinion?
> Agree.  Just from what you described, I'd say I'm in agreement with 
> the writing of PHP program accessing XML source to pass an "XML API 
> course".
Even though state-of-the art processing of XML is moving away from 
language-based processing based on DOM , SAX, StAX to XSLT, XQuery, 
XPath and their ilk?
> If the course objective is to understand and apply XML API, then 
> students should be examined based on the knowledge required or 
> expected of a graduate of the course.  PHP is certainly not low-level 
> enough when compared with writing Java or C programs to  parse XML 
> source.  So in terms of "difficulty level", it has been reduced and 
> gives students time to understand the API aspects instead of nitty 
> gritty aspects of programming languages.
> If writing a simple program to access XML source is deemed too 
> difficult for the non-CS students, then perhaps the course title needs 
> to be changed to something like "XML Appreciation Course", where 
> simple exposure to XML, what it can do, pros and cons, economical 
> benefits and business modeling aspects could be some ingredients for 
> the course material.
That is what I have in mind.

> regards,
> Chin Chee-Kai
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Carpe Diem!
Jonas Mellin, Assistant Professor in Computer Science
School of Humanities and Informatics, Building E-2
University of Skövde, P.O. Box 408, SE-541 28 Skövde, Sweden
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