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Re: [xml-dev] Transformative Programming: Flow-based, functional,and more

On 10/18/13 11:41 AM, Michael Sokolov wrote:
Your vision is attractive, but it strikes me as impractical ... wouldn't
it be nice if we could just all be adults and get along?
No, that's not going to happen. A large point of my point is that expecting people to "just all be adults and get along" is pernicious nonsense that the XML community has normalized through its legalistic approach.

Confining battlegrounds to committee rooms isn't really a good way to deal with communications.

I think of
schemas and structured conversations as the armor that you need when you
go into a hostile environment.I don't think you make the environment
less hostile by stripping off your armor.  Well, you *can*, but you have
to be willing to risk everything.
You're risking everything every day anyway. Armor makes it awfully hard to move, and especially hard to move quickly. Hot oil makes armor a serious disadvantage.

Sometimes that may be worth it if you
think there is a rational partner with whom you can negotiate. Certainly
it's worth trying to create situations where looser agreements can work
since everyone benefits.
I'm not talking about agreements. I'm talking about taking what someone sends you and seeing what (if anything) you can do with it.

But there can be situations (cooperating with
natural enemies) where more explicit standards keep people from tearing
at each other's throats.
There are certainly situations where the "natural enemies" can't imagine doing it any other way.

Simon St.Laurent

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