On a more pleasant note

Daniel Veillard Daniel.Veillard at w3.org
Fri Sep 17 20:24:51 BST 1999

> Building the database is hard.  Traversing the database is hard.  Doing the
> rendition on the client is hard.  But generating the message on the server
> takes one little C subroutine (printf calls, nothing fancy), and extracting 
> the information from it on the client (using an XML parser, it doesn't 
> matter which) is one little Java routine.  The client-side worked first 
> time, the server-side on the second (I wasn't escaping some &'s properly, 
> which the XML parser on the client caught first time through).  All the 
> rest is done by Apache and Linux and Windows and TCP/IP and HTTP and 
> java.net.URL and the XML parser.  It took maybe an hour to build both sides.

 Good :-)

> Seems to me that this is the right way to build distributed applications.

 If this community succeeded where 20 years of research in distributed 
computing failed to provide, we should try to see things in an optimistic

> PS: In the XML I'm sending out from the server, I am embedding some human
> readable text encoded, obviously enough, in HTML.  What would be a good way
> to distinguish it from my own XML tags so that I can extract it and feed
> it to the HTML renderer?  Any suggestions?

 I bet the game is to answer "an HTML namespace" and you beat me
with a stick for a few hours while asking "which one", right ;-)

Daniel, obviously speaking for himself

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