Thursday, March 09, 2006


Beyond XML, part 2

I have come to the realization that the thing I was trying to describe in my previous post is fairly close to ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation 1). The thing about ASN.1 that I never really grasped was that you can have different encoding rules. Thus, you can have an encoding that encodes as XML, or another one that has a more efficient binary protocol. I came to this realization while reading about Sun's Fast Infoset for SOAP requests, during my desperate search for a production-ready Java SOAP implementation that was reasonably fast. Still looking, though..


I decided to peek at your other blog and was startled that you are blogging about the very thing that I am knee-deep in at work: XML.

I do not love XML, either, but I am using it and even appreciating some of its virtues, especially compared to SGML.

I was a C systems programmer for many years. I switched to tech writing when my second child was born, as programming was too demanding.

Keep up the good work,

Hi Heather,
Sorry for the very slow reply, I had really slacked off on this blog. Thanks for stopping by! I hope things have improved at work for you by now, although the way the industry seems to be going, maybe it is worse.

Programming for a living isn't as fun as it used to be, and I seem to do much less of it at home since I am busy with Quaker stuff most of the time.
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