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Re: [xml-dev] Michael Kay on application processing

On Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 11:48 AM, Peter Coppens
<pc.subscriptions@gmail.com> wrote:
> Could it be there is some confusion between the quality and intelligence of
> the engineer(s) who indeed so successfully proof how one can do very many
> beautiful things in an XML only world and the usability of the XML
> development ecosystems for those with more typical development talents and
> educational backgrounds living in worlds outside of xml-dev ?

It is (fortunately!) not very well defined what we mean by "typical
development talents". In the era of Fortran programming this was based
on GoTo - based programming. Then came "Structured Programming", then
OOP and we are even witnessing gradual trend of increased interest
towards Functional Programming.

It should be no great surprize when in the not so distant future any
major programming language might require the programmer to specify to
the compiler for any instance of code, for which the compiler cannot
itself prove it, that this code in fact does not have side effects, as
Haskell does even today with its "unsafePerformIO" function.

Dimitre Novatchev
Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk
Never fight an inanimate object
You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what
you're doing is work or play

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