Scott Hanselman

Bitter XML Quote of the Day

June 11, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Web Services | XML
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"Without an XML Schema, you might as well replace all those < and > signs with quotes and commas, 'cuz that's what you've got - just less-than/greater-than-delimited text."

I'll be presenting this rant and many other as a PADNUG Web Services SIG meeting sometime this year in a presentation loosely titled: "Mailing a Boot: Exactly how NOT to use XML and Web Services"

Certainly schema isn't required, but when you spend the date passing DateTimes and decimals around in XML, you get used to clients of your XML using the associated schema for simple data typing. 

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 6:04:23 PM UTC
I believe that quote is appropriate for applications utilising simple hierarchies , ie. forms of 2d arrays, vectors, lists, but fails when you hit extensibility facets ie. structural changes.

Saturday, June 14, 2003 6:11:40 PM UTC
'get away without it' ;)
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