September 5th, 2000, 02:32 PM
What really pisses me off is HTML 4.0 is the last version of HTML, just because of XML.
What I used to lke about HTML is that it's very simple, I don't have to worry about any error messages or what have you in it. But with XML I have to debug all of my code which takes lots of time, ML is just too f-cking picky I believe.
Argh, enouh of my ranting. XML sucks, long live HTML
September 21st, 2000, 06:27 AM
Thanks so much to all the information mention above. I also struggle with XML before. Knowing it is powerful, flexible but just wondering how can it apply and fits in the real life application. The selling stone application really gives me a clear picture and idea about it. Thanks. I fully agree doing the job using right tools.
For those need to know XML, http://www.w3schools.com/xml/default.asp is really a place canít miss. Simple and straight what XML is and how to practical apply it.
However, it seems better to have some background knowledge before you go ahead to w3schools. Check the introduction in Microsoft web site. Only 3 pages to get an overview idea to what are XML. It also has sample, demo and tutorialÖ http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/general/intro.asp http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/c.../xml/index.asp
Except Object Designís eXcelon, Tamino from Software AG is another choice of native XML data server for storing and caching XML documents. Cost $25K per processor, I also want to know is it worth to contribute to. A product review from Infoworld Test Centre: http://www.infoworld.com/articles/ec...08ectamino.xml
Other XML applications have
- online banking
- push technology
- web automation
- database publishing
- software distribution
Hope this help. Good luck.
September 22nd, 2000, 09:05 PM
It don't think it's been mentioned yet but you'd likely be interested in XML Query: http://www.w3.org/XML/Query
The summary provides: "Ultimately, collections of XML files will be accessed like databases."
As far as I can tell, the real power of XML for web apps at the moment comes from XSLT on the server side. Also, very worth checking out in this regard is Cocoon 2 by the Apache group: http://xml.apache.org/cocoon/
Unfortunately both these technologies (unless you count Cocoon 1) are 'coming soon'.
November 6th, 2000, 06:27 PM
I think we are overlooking the real reason for XML by looking at just one side of the equation.
The real power is when multiple disparate databases need to communicate with one another, such as in a supply chain. The real goal for XML is to be the universal translator. I don't have to know how you keep your data and you mine. But, we have the same schema so that when I say <name></name> to your database it knows exactly what I am talking about.
If you don't think this is big look at what is happening in the auto industry.
Computers talk to other computers. Novel concept isn't it.