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

uche.ogbuji at uche.ogbuji at
Mon Feb 8 05:30:43 GMT 1999

> Or said another way: there's no magic in the DOM (or groves or XML) that
> will make storing and managing business objects easier.

I think this is the crux of the matter, and exactly what the "XML is not a 
universal hammer" folks (myself included) have been trying to get across.

I use XML heavily along-side CORBA, and (by way of weak excuse/apology for my 
rather ad hominem attack on Dave Winer yesterday) I do get very frustrated 
when people champion using XML to replace very effective and general 
object-management systems.  As much as I hate analogies, I'll hazard one: if 
you sell people Aspirin as a panacea, and they later on find out that it 
doesn't cure warts, cancer, dropsy or a crack habit, they might become sour 
enough to forget that it was actually a very effective pain-reliever.

Then again, as Jonathan Borden put it: who am I?

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

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