The JSON vs XML debate begins in earnest

  After seeing  Douglas Crockford’s talk on JSON at XML 2006 recently, I figured that some sort of great debate between XML and JSON advocates was brewing.  I had been waiting for Elliotte Harold’s rebuttal of what Crockford is missing, but haven’t seen it yet.  What has happened is that Dave Winer got off a …

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Potential at the Trailing Edge

Lots of people linked to the happy news last week that Jon Udell was joining Microsoft, so I didn’t bother.  I have previously recommended  his great interview with Anders Hejlsberg.  This is a clear, concise, hands-on demonstration of LINQ (including LINQ to XML) that feels like Anders stopped by your office to explain it in person.  I…

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The Model T and the Prius: Simplicity vs Complexity, yet again

My favorite conundrum, the difficulty of being simple, pops up everywhere I look these days.  OpenXML document format vs the Open Document Format Point: OpenXML is so complex no one else can implement it. Counterpoint: Its complexity is due to the existing features of MS Office, which are reflected in the old binary format and faithfully preserved…

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XML 2006 Observations

I could only attend half the conference due to a family health issue, but here are some thoughts on what I did see.  The links are mainly to the conference program; I believe the entries will eventually link to the actual presentation slides and submitted papers. Roger Bamford’s keynote  spent much time showing how the…

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