A new XML star seems to get it

Hseu-Ping Chen hchen at netscape.com
Wed Apr 21 23:35:42 BST 1999


 I'm a senior software engineer in Netscape's E-Commerce
division. Part of my job is to constantly review the
new technology, new E-Commerce sites emerging. Your
articles give me a lot of help. And now I think I can
give you some feedback, reminding you some good ideas,
good technology that you seem to miss in your radar

 Take a close look at the site http://www.upyp.com, which
has the portal-style user-friendliness, but their catalog,
is equippted with the best industrial power I have ever
seen - keyword + parametric search, allowing me to precisely
locate my desired product, among hundreds of vendors, thousands
of products, in a flash.

 The most important, they solved the headache of
business-to-business catalog interoperability, allowing automatic
server-to-server catlaog exchange, all in XML, and it is working
now! Unlike most other competitors claiming XML compliant but are
mostly hype. It is to my amazement that they solved the problem
in such a straight-forward way that everybody can easily accept
and hook their catalogs into it. This is an Aha solution to me.

 This site is not very popular yet. But certainly it is a star
on the horizon, with the right vision, powerful technology, and
truely useful services.

- Hseu-Ping Chen

hchen at netscape.com
Senior Software Engineer
E-Commerce Division, Netscape

650-937-6152, hchen at netscape.com

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