Moving beyond disillusionment

Joe Lapp jlapp at
Fri Oct 8 16:35:50 BST 1999

webMethods is having a lot of success with using XML for interoperability.
XML is capable of expressing as large a variety of incompatible data
formats as we alway have, so XML by itself obviously does not solve the
problem.  Here are the ingredients that solve the problem:

(1) XML is extremely well-hyped.  By virtue of having a standard syntactic
representation freely available everywhere, we'll be able to get any XML
data into any application.

(2) Because XML allows you to label its constituent data, it is possible to
create tools that generically between XML document types.  Poorly designed
XML does not have this benefit, though.

Put (1) and (2) together and you can get powerful any-to-any mapping
between XML document types.  But these leaves unaddressed mapping into and
out of the various protocols (regardless of their data formats) and between
XML and other data formats, creating opportunities for companies such as ours.
Joe Lapp                     (Looking for some good people to
Senior Engineer               help create XML technologies that     connect businesses to businesses
jlapp at          over the web.)

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