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September 29th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Following on from Richard’s recent Rant about XML being too complicated (a sentiment that I whole heartedly agree with), a colleague of mine discovered “OpenLaszlo“.

A quick look at the “The OpenLaslo Platform” section on the home page says it all:OpenLaszlo applications are written in XML and JavaScript — just like DHTMLNo, no no no no! It’s just wrong! XML is not designed to be used for writing applications! It is a data description language, not an event driven architecture!

To all you system designers out there: XML is a file format. Nothing else. It can be used for lots, agreed, may be even too much, but it is nothing more than that. Stop using it for every bloody application you can put your mind too – find a more appropriate tool. It is like using a screwdriver handle to bang in a nail – it will get the job done, but you’ll knacker the screwdriver, it will take bloody ages, and you’ll end up putting the screwdriver tip through your hand!

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  1. Rich
    September 29th, 2005 at 16:47 | #1

    Pros and cons
    There are two responses to that:

    – What’s wrong with describing an event-driven system using a declarative language? (i.e., pro-XML)
    – "Lots of people, when they have a problem, think — ‘I know, I’ll use XML’. Now they have two problems."

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