A Hegelian take on XML
12:24, 27 Feb 2001 UTC | Simon St.Laurent

Frank Willison, editor-in-chief at O'Reilly and Associates, offers a different take on XML's future based on his experience at the XMLDevCon 2001 conference.

Willison saw two major directions at the conference - abstraction and metadata. He takes a fairly close look at Henry Thompson's keynote address, exploring how XML is processed by the XML family of specifications, and also explores the role of namespaces. On the metadata side, Willison examines the many Web services discussions at the conference, and then moves into 'interesting ideas'.

Willison concludes on a rather different note, suggesting that abstraction may take us into some rather different realms than the expected computing nirvana.

Re: A Hegelian take on XML (Mike Champion - 15:37, 27 Feb 2001)

I was intrigued by: "Peter Chen of Louisiana State University said that XML was a rather poor idea that was nicely marketed. It's the American way, he said. You take an idea of whatever worth, and you figure out how to persuade the business world that it's the Next Important Thing. ... Chen is a relational database guy, and, in the tree structures of XML, the equivalent of the unsophisticated hierarchical databases of the early 1980s. "

Does anyone have a reference to a fuller exposition of Prof. Chen's views on XML?

> Re: A Hegelian take on XML (Bob DuCharme - 16:07, 27 Feb 2001)
xmlhack: developer news from the XML community

Front page | Search | Find XML jobs

Related categories