Storing Lots of Fiddly Bits (was Re: What is XML for?)

uche.ogbuji at uche.ogbuji at
Mon Feb 8 02:45:22 GMT 1999

> Your comments give me the impression that this is unacceptable to you
> in the XML/heirarchical universe.  You don't want DOM at any level.
> You insist on going straight to objects.  It is not even good enough
> to build an object layer on top of the DOM layer.  I find this a
> little implausible and hence am certain that you had something else in
> mind.  Is it rather that you simply don't care what the underlying API
> is, that you are only interested in what happens at the object level?

I hope I'm not mis-representing Paul here, but as I've always read him (and 
agreed), his point is that XML, and the various ancillary technologies such as 
DOM and XML Schema, are more appropriate for content-exchange than for core 
business-object modeling.

I don't think it makes sense to build a business-object model on top of DOM, 
but I do think it makes sense to define an exchange protocol that selializes 
objects to XML representations using DOM as a programmatic interface.  
Hopefully in this effort, one can leverage the support of such technologies as 
WDDX and XML-RPC, especially as they develop closer ties with other object 
technologies, including the locally much-maligned CORBA.

I think it also makes sense to use the DOM to develop a user-interface layer 
for such objects, possibly using the same WDDX or XML-RPC mappings in 
association with a set of style-sheets (although this is just one of many 
possible mechanisms).

Uche Ogbuji
FourThought LLC, IT Consultants
uche.ogbuji at	(970)481-0805
Software engineering, project management, Intranets and Extranets

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