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Why XML Hasn't Cured Our Ills or Saved the World
Randy Ray, Tellme Networks, Inc.

Track: XML
Date: Thursday, July 10
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: Columbia

Few doubt or question the strength of XML as a language or a tool. But even the best tools can be used in ways that don't complement their abilities. Sometimes the tool doesn't suit the solution, and sometimes the problem is not well-defined enough to choose a definitive tool for. In either case, the overwhelming popularity of XML and XML-based technologies has led to many applications (and even more in-progress designs) based on XML that really don't need XML at all. What's worse, the backlash this has caused from XML's critics may hinder the use of XML in places where it is in fact a good fit.

Ray's presentation focuses on ten points to consider in evaluating and using XML. Five of these points will cover examples of misuse of XML or bad application of the solution. The second five will cover areas in which XML is often overlooked as a solution, and ways to determine when it is in fact the best choice.

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