Ode to the XML DOM

The XML DOM is dead. Long live the DOM. Dearest DOM, it is with little remorse, to see that your API has run its course. You expose your nodes naked and bare, with no chance of any optimizations there. Your (cough) data model is just to complex, and causes developers to vex over how to…

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XML article bemoaning.

I am not sure how some articles get published, it seems that they either have no reviews or the reviews are not open enough in saying “just kill this”. For example this article called DOM for Web Services, Part 1 is just a blatant contraction. All this does is load a WDSL file to generate an HTML page,…


Do you want to bet? Future predictions on XML

I love reading through these long bets especially “At least one human alive in the year 2000 will still be alive in 2150.” which I could blog about for hours and Winer’s “In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New…

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MEMS and Hardware Specialization

In a few years most of our mobile devices will only need to be charged every six months and this innovation will be due to MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) which are microengines a few millimetres wide that use hydrocarbon fuel. Have you ever looked at an aircraft engine and said “How can that generate 500…

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ROX and Data Model Wars.

Dare has written a good section on Dealing with the Data Access Impedance Mismatch effectively summing up the differences that developers now face when working with data and data models. This manifests itself in “Data Model Wars” where people now start to argue over the benefits of the data model X verses Y. Objects have identity…


My life’s work

Alex Homer sent me a mail a couple of nights ago indicating that our book that we have been writing, has finally seen the light of day – A First Look at ADO.NET and System.Xml V2. Since my last foray into writing was a single chapter in an XQuery book that disappeared into obscurity as fast as…

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PDC forced me to do this

The PDC is now less than two months away and since system.xml has had a significant number of features added I decided that it was time to kick start a blog. I have worked on System.Xml for just over 3 years now and along with Chris Lovett was the PM who helped design the V1…

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