Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Tue Jan 19 02:32:10 GMT 1999

 From: Tim Bray <tbray at textuality.com>

>At 07:03 PM 1/17/99 +1100, Rick Jelliffe wrote:
>>The Desparate Perl Hacker (DPH) is certainly a good class of user for
>>XML to support. But being a DPH in a commercial company is probably a
>>sign of management or technical incompetence somewhere.
>I couldn't disagree with the that any more.  One of the major wins in
>using XML is that you can put existing data to work for new,
>purposes.  One good way to achieve this is with the use of script-ware
>level tools.

We are not disagreeing!  I am not saying that scripting languages are
I said the DPH is a good class of users to support.

I am merely saying that
    * desparation
    * Perl, and
are not benchmarks of competence, especially in combination. For
in Perl it is easy to write unmaintainable programs. Without management
technical discipline to enforce coding guidelines Perl encourages or
hacking, IMHX.

>Scripting languages, such as perl, python, Omnimark, Frontier, etc,
>are often the right tools for the job.

Yes. I have used OmniMark for 6 years, and highly recommend it.


ricko at gate.sinica.edu.tw
I assume you're aware that
>pretty well every one of these now has a real XML processor and
>really handles XML syntax correctly. -Tim

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