Comments Appreciated on Magazine Based on XML/XSL

Paul Prescod paul at
Tue Apr 13 00:13:24 BST 1999

Jonathan Borden wrote:
> Actually, if you take my XMOP project which serializes COM/IDL described
> and Java objects into a DOM interface, and bolt it onto eXcelon, this is
> pretty much exactly what this would do. XMOP uses either Java reflection or
> COM typelibraries (which are compiled IDL and are close but not quite full
> fidelity to MIDL itself), and serializes the object into either a DOM or an
> XML stream.

I think that all such approaches fall apart quickly when you want the DOM
to be writable. And if the DOM is *not* writable then I see it as only an
optimization for generating XML and then building a DOM for that XML. And
even so there are big efficiency issues. If the system doesn't do an
XQL->SQL conversion then searching for anything will be hideously slow
because you won't be using the native query optimizer.
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

By lumping computers and televisions together, as if they exerted a 
single malign influence, pessimists have tried to argue that the 
electronic revolution spells the end of the sort of literate culture 
that began with Gutenberg’s press. On several counts, that now seems 
the reverse of the truth.

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