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XML is like a straitjacket

2005-08-01 16:38:04.709596+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

I wrote XML is like a straitjacket for a mailing list, and realized I should put it up here too.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-01 20:30:42.83156+00 by: meuon


#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-02 20:37:15.18036+00 by: topspin

Perhaps it's just my twisted mind or my line of work, but I've been waiting for someone with programming chops to chime in with something like.....

If XML is like a straitjacket, then Java is like a shot of Thorazine. Use them together to completely immobilize the subject.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-02 21:06:23.077692+00 by: Dan Lyke

Snort. Glad I wasn't drinking anything. That would have hurt.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-09 22:47:32.550639+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Hmm.. duped again. See below:

#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-09 22:52:25.177317+00 by: meuon

And now for a gig that specifies we use: cXML Where the DTD spec seems to include several 100k+ DTD specs that seem to have datatype specs for everything from airline tickets to TCP packet headers.

And almost all we need to transfer is a list of part numbers and quantities. Note: cXML.org is 'owned' by Ariba.com, who also uses/promotes the specification.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-09 23:24:39.420128+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yowza. That looks like "no, wait, we've only got one kitchen sink in there...".

I suppose the thing that SGML[Wiki] has over XML[Wiki] is that SGML[Wiki] requires a DTD[Wiki], where XML[Wiki] can be parsed without that context, so with SGML[Wiki] you have excuses for smacking people when the schema becomes ungainly large. XML[Wiki] punts that up for a layer 8 solution.