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Re: XML As Fall Guy

How many here worked on the project? So far, only Kurt Cagle.

It's ironic to see a list where the calling card is data design drop into the same mode of armchair quarterbacking as the talking heads on CNN.

IOW, without the ICDs, RFPs and architectural design documents, or first hand experience any analysis is dubious. On the other hand given the preference given in procurements to web-based systems, it will be very useful to know technically precisely what went wrong.

That the government procurement is messy is a given. That the vendors failed to produce a working system is self-evident. But blaming tools that appear to be working in other projects while lauding tools that weren't applied is the best example of blame shifting one can apply. So for some "n" of working, again given the preference for using the web system and it's history of being kudzu in world of development of large distributed systems, it will be very valuable to know why the failure is so pervasive. One would like not to repeat the debacle.

I am reminded of the launch of Vanguard followed very quickly by the successful launch of the Redstone. I suspect these events have much in common culturally and technically, but having not been there, it is a surface comparison.


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