XML as a programming tool

Jeremy Allaire jeremy at allaire.com
Sat Dec 20 20:32:08 GMT 1997

>I guess it's programming like 'programming' a VCR - someone else has
>the program, I just feed it the data that controls its behavior.  Still,
>that limited prospect was exciting, and capable of some pretty complex

I've put a fair amount of thinking into the problem (opportunity) of XML and
Web devices.  For experimental purposes, I began work with wrapping an X.10
device automation interface (X.10 is a late 70s standard for very simple
device automation over AC wiring) with a tag wrapper.  The proof of concept
actually worked.  You can check out the custom tag which enables this at the
following site; search for "X10":

X.10 already has a concept of loading device activity profiles (essentially
schedules, in fact very close to CDF in terms of the kind of data required).
A next-generation "over the wire protocol" -- CEBus -- promises to enable
much richer forms of device automation and profiling, and I would surmise
that XML will be a pretty important enabler.  I'm betting on it.

Jeremy Allaire

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