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[REBOL] Re: FAQ at REBOL Republic

From: rgaither:triad:rr at: 13-Apr-2001 14:06

Hi Jeff,
>Okay, this was how it looked to me last time I investigated: > >Perl, Python, PHP all use the same xml parser -- expat, a >non-validating SAX parser. That, or they offer other >non-validating native implementations. > >Java has JAXP, the interchangable parser, numerous validating >parsers (both SAX and DOM), strong XML support from IBM, and >more. > >So when I say "comparatively thin", I mean thin compared to >Java.
In that sense then the list becomes Java, C++, Delphi, Progress all having the full blown parsers. Some of these are even getting a jump on some of the critical "new" standards layered on top of XML such as XSLT, XPath, X yada-yada-yada. :-) Yes, the others lack the validating portion which can be significant in full XML support. As a basic text based data format though even the "thin" options provide usable support. Support which those tools don't have for native REBOL output. I'm not ignoring the points Carl made earlier about the semantic problem being deeper than what XML is easily handling. Given time, proper product positioning, and some of that "standardized" way of interacting, REBOL could beat XML to a viable, distributed solution. In the mean time :-) REBOL needs to work very well with the technologies that are already in place. One such area is XML as a "descriptive" data format, HTML as presentation markup, rdbm systems for storage, internet protocols, ... As you can see - RT is doing an excellent job on most of these fronts, and I expect it will only get better. Though REBOL needs a killer app or two to get people aware of it as a name and a technology that creates valuable solutions! FWIW, Rod. Rod Gaither Oak Ridge, NC - USA [rgaither--triad--rr--com]