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Re: [xml-dev] The String Datatype is the Worst Datatype Ever Created

Actually, on further reflection, I remembered why I quit using Java to process XML.

Joshua Bloch's Effective Java gave really similar advice about programming Java - enumerations over strings, strict structures over variable structures, and so on.  About halfway through the book I realized I was carving myself out a personal exception to all of those things, so sat down to look at my code.

Was I crazy?  (Well, maybe that's a separate question.)

My conclusion, though, was that that his set of recommendations might make sense in a strictly programming context, but they were counter-productive for dealing with the rich possibilities of XML and markup generally.

So sure, yes, you can do this.  It probably just isn't appropriate to the practice of markup.


On 9/23/2015 8:23 AM, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
On 9/23/2015 7:27 AM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:



Sounds great for the post-human world, but could you wait until then?


Simon St.Laurent

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