• Subject: RE: XML Attributes
  • From: "Stone, Brad V (TC)" <bvstone@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 15:40:00 -0600

> 
> You really have a bee in your bonnet about XML taking over 
> the EDI world ;-)
> 
> Have a read of;
> 
> [
> http://www.xmls.com/resources/whitepapers/XMLSolutions_Peacefu
l_Co-Existence
.pdf ]

>It might calm your nerves better than valium ;-)

Actually I don't.  I just hate it when all people talk is theory.  Theory
only works in your head.  Taking over the EDI world.  That's what all IT is
about these days isn't it.  If you don't create the next Napster, you're a
nobody.  So, instead of coming up with new ideas, you rebrand something
existing as "Next Generation" and call it your own... sorry for the tangent.
:)

I parused the document.  Found it interesting that one point they try to use
to say XML is better than X.12 is you can "read" it with your eyes easier.
(they don't come right out and say it that way, but why else would they
point that out).

A lot of pretty pictures too.  Too bad real work isn't as easy as pictures.
It wouldnt at all be to their advantage that you use XML and possibly
purchase their product or services?

Example from me...

Data from AS/400-->replicate to NT-->display on web with cold fusion.
easy right?  How about this...
Take order on internet with Cold fusion-->replicate to AS/400-->bill order.

Easy right?  Pffffft...  Those --> contain about 10k lines of code and rules
that haven't even emerged yet.  Ya, it's just "that easy".

Give me three reasons why XML is better than X.12?  I've asked this before.
Never did get an answer.

Note:  I don't hate XML.  I'm not worried if I have to use it.  Here's what
I hate:  Hype, buzzwords, IT management who haven't programmed a lick of
code in their life and wouldn't know XML from Javascript but still think
that one thing like XML or Java will solve all problems that exist because
Joe Pundit in PC Week said so (who also hasn't programmed since punchcards).

I also don't like anything that is labeled "Next Generation" except Star
Trek.  

Don't show me theory and pretty pictures, show me fact and real world
examples.  Let me hear from the programmers who had to implement this, not
the project leaders who just hear "it's coming along ok".

So far, I haven't seen XML as the savior that Java was claimed to be.  :)
What do you think, Leslie?  :)

Brad
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