Streaming XML and SAX

Tom Harding tomh at
Mon Mar 1 23:33:36 GMT 1999

Marcelo Cantos wrote:

> Furthermore, inter-document dependenies are not a fundamental problem
> for parallelisation.  Threads can talk to each other and block waiting
> for other threads to finish parsing, while allowing other threads to
> continue independent tasks.  You are suggesting that because in some
> cases it isn't trivial to parallelise we should therefore never even
> allow the possibility of such a thing to occur.

I was not suggesting that.  I merely said that in the general case, knowing how to parallelize
requires looking at the data in the stream.  I propose that this data, like everything else,
be stored in XML and that before doing anything else, the endpoint ought to parse it.

I'm sorry if I gave the impression that I think XP is the solution to everything.  I merely
think it would be useful for a lot of things.  If you're judging it on the criteria of being
able to accomplish something that was impossible before, I'm not surprised you're

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