Jesper Tverskov, April 22, 2008

Quotations about XML

When I find something interesting about XML, easy to quote, I add it to this small collection of quotations about XML. Mail me If you know of a good piece that is missing jesper@tverskov.dk.

1. What do you (personally) like the most about XML?

"Simplicity, cross-platform interoperability and huge adoption. The great thing about XML is that it is humble. It’s not trying to solve world hunger. Just invent your own tags, group them into structures that make sense for your domain and voilà. It is very simple and it is this same simplicity that helped HTML take the world by storm. XML then improved on HTML by providing a clean separation between data and UI. It brought MVC to the masses so to speak.

"Chris Lovett Interview, Microsoft XML Team's WebLog, 2007-11-16.

2. The real force of XML

"The real force of XML is that people agree on it and that it is surrounded by a swarm of generic languages and tools. This means that by building on XML, one gets a massive infrastructure for free. XML has an advantageous tradition of openness, which is reflected by the immediate availability of specifications and free or Open Source tools."

Anders Møller & Michael Schwartzbach, An Introduction to XML and Web Technologies, ISBN 0-321-26966-7, Addison Wesley, 2006, page 55.

3. The revenge of the over 40's"

I think I saw that XML was described as the "revenge of the over 40's".

"XML is the digital dial tone of the Web" - again I think that's Jon Bosak. I assume that there are now (or soon will be) chips that are XML-aware. I love it.

"Peter Murray-Rust, Recognizing the contribution of the developers of XML, the xml-dev@lists.xml.org mailing list, 2006-08-24.

4. A runaway success but

Technically, the core XML standard has been a runaway success... It has come to the point that developers feel that they have to justify not using XML as the basis for any new file format...Socially, however, XML has not done nearly so well. Technical superiority is not enough...To date, XML in general has not managed to affect people's lives the way peer-to-peer file transfer, cell phones, video games, text messaging, or automated teller machines have. XML came out in 1998; today, one compelling social trend -- Web logs, or blogs -- happens to use XML, but more general XML applications have not yet succeeded. In 2004, despite the continuing hype, XML lacks momentum... If XML is not the answer, however, it may be part of it.

David Megginson, Imperfect XML, ISBN 0-13-145349-1, Addison-Wesley, 2005, pages xvi-xvii.

5. Bringing XML to the masses

"It is my strong belief that Office 2003 XML represents a milestone in the history of electronic documents. It will help realize the full potential of XML."

"Desktop XML affects every Office 2003 Professional Edition user! It transforms millions of desktop computers from mere word processors into rich clients for Web services, editing front-ends for XML content management systems, and portals for XML-based application integration."

Charles F. Goldfarb, Priscillia Walmsley, XML in Office 2003, ISBN 0-13-142193-x, Prentice Hall, 2004, Foreword (Jean Paoli) and backcover.

6. XML is everywhere

"In an astonishing short period of time, XML has worked itself into the nooks and crannies of corporate IT departments, academic research institutions, and small-shop programming operations everywhere."

Haward Katz (editor), XQuery from the Experts, A Guide to the W3C XML Query Language, ISBN 0-321-18060-7, 2003, Preface, p xi,

7. Has revolutionized distributed computing"

Extensible Markup Language (XML) has revolutionized distributed computing. By providing a standard means for specifying the structure of information, XML enables sophisticated e-commerce systems and facilitates interoperable enterprise software."

Kevin Dick, XML – A Manager's Guide, Second Edition, ISBN 0-201-77006-7, Addison-Wesley, 2003, backcover.

8. The biggest thing

"It wouldn't be too extravagant to claim that XML is the biggest thing to hit the web since the whole thing started less than ten years ago."

Michael Kay, XSLT – Programmer's Reference, Second Edition, ISBN 1-861005-06-7, Wrox Press, 2001, p1.

9. The most radical change

"XML is the most radical change in computing since the invention of relational databases and SQL."

Berthold Daum, Chris Horak, The XML Shockwave, Software AG Corporate Marketing, 2001, p7.

10. We are on the verge of a data explosion

"Where data was once a mysterious binary blob, it has now become something ordinary people can read and author because it's text. With XML, ordinary people have the ability to craft their own data, the ability to shape and control data. The significance of this shift is difficult to overstate, for not only does it mean that more people can access data, but that there will undoubtedly be more data to access. We are on the verge of a data explosion. One ignited by XML.

"Charles F. Goldfarb's XML Handbook, Fifth Edition, ISBN 0-13-049765-7, 2004, Foreword by Jean Paoli, 1998, p. xlix

Updated: 2011-08-02