XML as a programming tool
markb at iosphere.net
Fri Dec 19 14:34:20 GMT 1997
On Fri, 19 Dec 1997, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> It has come as a revelation to me that XML *with its assorted toolkit* is a
> powerful programming aid for many applications.
Yes! It's part of a shift away from Turing completeness and towards
Curiously enough, it's been approached from two different angles by two
The Web/Hypertext camp has, to my knowledge, had this vision for ages.
But only recently has the distributed object camp been leaning in this
There's a project at PARC called "Aspect Oriented Programming", that's
attempting to evolve component software to widen the scope of interface
declarations (even beyond contracts). Basically, the many "aspects" of a
typical program are separated out into a minimal Turing complete core,
plus lots of declarative documents specifying such information as
concurrency, data flow, compositional structure, etc..). All of this is
run through a "weaver" to produce your end product.
You might also be interested in a paper that Adam Rifkin and Rohit Khare
have submitted to WWW7;
Since this is a little off-topic, I'd recommend that any followups
be taken off-list. Then again, Peter did start it ... 8-)
Mark Baker, Ottawa Ontario CANADA. Java, CORBA, XML, Beans
http://www.iosphere.net/~markb distobj at acm.org ICQ:5100069
Will distribute business objects for food.
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