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Re: [xml-dev] The Rise of Worse is Better


Within the first few lines of the piece you cite appears the following sentence:

"Common Lisp (with CLOS) and Scheme represent the MIT approach to design and implementation."

There's no doubt a lot of truth in what the piece says, but I find it impossible to think seriously about it after reading that sentence.


On Aug 29, 2012, at 7:13 AM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:

> Folks, Hello,
> I just read an interesting article titled, The Rise of Worse is Better.
>    The lesson to be learned from this is that it is often undesirable 
>    to go for the right thing first. It is better to get half of the right 
>    thing available so that it spreads like a virus. Once people are 
>    hooked on it, take the time to improve it to 90% of the right thing.
> I think this lesson applies to XML as well. Rather than developing a data model (e.g., XML Schema) that tries to do everything, create a simple data model that spreads like a virus and then take the time to improve it.
> More ... http://www.dreamsongs.com/RiseOfWorseIsBetter.html
> Thoughts?
> /Roger
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