Wednesday, May 11, 2005

XML More Than The Hype

Despite the volume of work with XML it is still underrated and underappreciated at this time as a format that allows a tremendous number of different systems to talk to each other.

Like, in Class Viewer, I use XML to let human beings talk to the system, telling it where to find javadocs, and what packages it should know.

By using XML, the Class Viewer program is actually capable of being used indefinitely, as long as Sun Microsystems doesn't change the format for finding javadocs, or how Java Reflections work.

So it's in a way a perfect app--here today, useable indefinitely.

And that's thanks to XML.

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