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Happy Birthday XML!!!

Thu, 10 Feb 2005 20:19:00 GMT

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Today, XML is 7 years old.

Irwin asked what we were doing at this time 7 years ago.  Well I was a Junior at Clinton High School in Clinton, Missouri taking PASCAL and BASIC.  I really hope they upgraded their development classes, maybe I should check.

What were you doing when XML was born?


2005 Predictions for syndication

Sun, 02 Jan 2005 00:15:00 GMT

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I predict this will be the year of the Event! Whether it be OpenEvents or ESS, both I am a part of. One of them shall be victorious and we will see aggregators and sites publishing or subscribing to event information in a syndicated format. I also think the Atom/RSS battle will continue but people will decide to provide both because if you have one, you can easily support the other. Luckily ESS will support both so no matter who wins we are ready. This is a focus for OpenEvents as well.

Long live the Event!


A great day for Microsoft XML

Fri, 17 Dec 2004 15:43:00 GMT

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The team is back! The team is back! And with a blog. Mike Champion, who was a recent MS hire, started the XML Team blog along with his own blog on MSDN. Very cool, and thanks for listening. He also has a cool title, "Program Manager - XML Standards". Good job Mike, and we look forward to hearing from you and the team.

Is Arpan back? Hopefully.


XML Developer Center News?

Tue, 07 Dec 2004 13:12:00 GMT

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Irwin Dolobowsky has recently taken over the XML Developer Center at MSDN with many promises of a new center for XML developers. During his self admitting 2 or 3 "first post" entry, he states a few items he is going to do to make the dev center better. This post took place a month ago, and here are some results.

  • Bring out the MVP's - Being one of the few MVP's in the area of XML, I can say that I have not been contacted on this front. I am guessing the functionality is there for this, since the other dev centers have this.
  • Bring out the Team - As I stated last week, the XML team has gone underground. Where is this team, now that Mark and Dare are gone? People were starting to understand the importance of System.Xml education with the posts from Dare and Mark explaining the different stores and APIs. It seems that since the announcement of all the cuts of functionality, the team ran for cover and hasn't looked to see if the smoke has cleared. Well it has. We know that DOM isn't dead, and don't have many options when it comes to XQuery support by Microsoft outside of SQL Server, so come on out.
  • The Latest and Greatest - It's December and the latest article posted was October. Mark's MSDN Video was posted, but that is clearly not the latest and greatest with the old content discussed. A perfect article to update is Mark's article on the System.Xml 2.0 features. This shouldn't take much time, but would be interesting to read to ensure everyone knows what isn't going to be in there, compared to what was announced at PDC and in Beta 1. Do you guys need help in this one? Maybe if you actually worked on the first point, we might be more willing to help you out.

    I am not trying to pick a fight, I just wish somethings that are said will get done.

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    Wow, bad timing on MSDN TV

    Fri, 03 Dec 2004 01:27:00 GMT

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    In this episode of MSDN TV Mark Fussell, former Lead Program Manager of the WebData XML Team, talks about XML features of Visual Studio 2005. Inside of which he talks about the XPathDocument being editable and XQuery support and we know that is not going to happen. The show is basically based on his article that needs to be updated, but that is doubtful since everyone on the WebData XML Team either left or has went back into an unknown hole to not be found. That is another problem for another day (not people leaving, but who is left and where are they?). If I was on the XML team, I would suggest this MSDN TV be edited or attach a disclaimer about the no longer valid statements that are made in this video. (image)

    First Dare, now Mark, why is everyone leaving System.Xml?

    Fri, 12 Nov 2004 15:04:00 GMT

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    Wow, Mark Fussell is leaving System.Xml team for the WSE team! Congrats Mark! So now that Dare and Mark are gone, where are the System.Xml team bloggers? No I am not talking about the "Have-to-blog-bloggers", but the real bloggers that want to help the community understand System.Xml and it's power. Mark points us to Arpan Desai, but with a total of 9 post, I don't think he is going to be a valuable source. Pretty much looks like we are going into the dark with feature announcements for System.Xml 2.0+ and it will be like System.Xml 1.0 where we all had to just figure out what to use because no one introduced the features to us. This is disappointing, but it does leave and opening for the XML MVPs to be the announcers for System.Xml. Oh well, good luck Mark and Dare! (image)

    XML Dev Con Wrap up

    Sat, 23 Oct 2004 04:31:00 GMT

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    All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful event. This is the first conference I have ever attended where I didn't skip a single session. Each was packed with information, some better than others, but none were irrelevant.
    The best part of every conference is the one-on-one networking. How many opportunities does a simple XML developer get to ride from the airport to the hotel with Tim Bray? Not many, in fact probably only once. The infamous Rory Blyth was amazing to watch, because he could ink photos and listen better than any other attendee.
    Since I don't drink outside of conferences, I usually make the mistake of drinking a few to many beers (4ish) the first night and you can figure out what happens later. This time though, I woke up with two popped blood vessels, one in each eye, so most of the conference I am sure I was scary to look at. All in good fun though.
    At the end of the show, the Microsoft folks walked in with powerpoint and guitar singing, "All we are saying, is give SOAP a chance". They even got Tim Bray to sing a verse on the mic. Definitely the best way to end a show like this one.
    This event definitely required some knowledge of XML and a feel for the pains of dealing with the specifications we use today. DonXML told me some stories of a few people who attended the previous year to learn XML and there were a few this year. At least it was a cheap conference, but I really don't think they could actually walk away with much.

    Using XML For Navy Missile Systems

    Wed, 20 Oct 2004 21:53:00 GMT

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    "This stuff isn't for sale". These are my notes from the presentation by Whitney Kemmey of the DoD.

  • Software is mobile and can take battle damage and underwater.
  • Re-targets missles and system maintance
  • 8 years ago, main computer < 1MB of memory
  • Main purpose of XML use is to speed up SOP process interaction.
  • XML Parser = libxml (
  • The system flows is completely in XML instead of code.
  • Best question was "Are you worried about other countries having faster parsers?", Answer, "No, we have bigger missiles" (image)

    XML Dev Con 2004

    Wed, 20 Oct 2004 18:10:00 GMT

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    I am sitting here at XML Dev Con, jealous? It is definitely the event that everyone has hyped. Tim Bray gave a thrilling presentation on syndication formats and primarily the love of Atom. This talk made me dream of ESS being a popular syndication format and residing in Atom. Without changing the spec, I have tasked myself to write a sample of ESS inside Atom to prove it will work because of the containerless approach we took, it can reside inside the "entry" element. Anyone interested in seeing this? (image)

    RSS in FoxPro

    Tue, 14 Sep 2004 18:11:00 GMT

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    Ted Roche has written an article on the FoxPro developer center about how to create RSS feeds from FoxPro. Definitely interesting seeing the creation from another system.