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Re: [xml-dev] Is programming sexier than data design?

On 2/27/2014 12:21 PM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
Hi Folks,

The xsl-list and the xml-dev list have existed about the same amount
of time.

My unscientific observation is that over the years the xsl-list is,
on average, more active than the xml-dev list.

For example, thus far today there have been 14 posts to the xsl-list
and 0 posts to the xml-dev list (well, now there is 1 post).

XSLT is about programming. XML is about data design.

Is there more interest in programming than in data design? Are there
more questions and uncertainty in programming than in data design? Do
people like writing programs more than they like modeling data?

Is programming sexier than data design?

A lot of people find xslt difficult to understand; many of the questions are of the "how do it do X?" variety. Everyone thinks they can do data design and don't think there are subtle difficulties. You create xml files, you process them. If the design isn't good, at least the thing runs. The main difficulty *seems* (to the uninitiated, anyway) in getting schemas right, especially xsd. With xslt, either your transformation doesn't even run or it's obvious it didn't produce what you want. So you go to the xsl list for help.


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