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[REBOL] Re: XML support in Rebol

From: bry:itnisk at: 21-Dec-2004 23:23

well i'm not discussing parse-xml from the point of view of what i want, so there's is no reason for me to make a copy of it and so forth, other than if i wanted to use it to do, as i discussed, parsing of xml instances that were not well-formed. i guess i don't really use rebol because i noticed that i never had opportunities for using it in work situations without having to fight extra hard for that opportunity. i did have opportunities for using python, python with the right libraries was as productive in doing the simple stuff as rebol and more productive for me in doing the complex stuff, mainly because not having much of a chance to use rebol continually whenever i return to it for a bit of time i've forgotten most everything. i guess another reason i don't really use it anymore is that it is hard for me to focus on some problem domain for which it is amazingly more productive as far as i can see. i agree that it can be more productive than some languages, but never with a special edge in something, like j offers an edge in calculation, or erlang offers an edge in handling concurrency. add to this that much of what i do has to involve xml I need a framework where i can handle all major xml technologies/subjects. major xml and xml related technologies/subjects would be: xml, namespaces, encoding, validation via doctypes, w3c xml schemas, relax-ng schemas, schematron, soap, wsdl, xsl-t. there are other things i need in my daily work that revolve around xml but these are pretty much all the things i need to be able to deal with from within the programming language itself. some of these things could be dropped, but considering how far behind rebol is on all the xml fronts i have a hard time justifying using it. that said i would reiterate my belief that the best way for rebol to handle this need is to provide hooks to some open source cross platform libraries, such as is provided by the libxml projects. otherwise i believe implementing the xml stack would be a killer for rebol. -- Bryan Rasmussen Quoting PeterWAWood <[pwawood--mango--net--my]>: