Bill de hÓra points out some seeming discrepancies in Jeff Atwood's views on XML. Or my reading-between-the-lines, XML-ish markup languages, like HTML. Here's my take:
- XML is a great way to mark up text.
- XML is a terrible way to represent data.
I see no discrepancies here. My view of XML as a text markup language are biased given that I used GML for many years, since 1983 or so, to produce documentation.
Likewise, though I've often pooped all over Java, claiming it's a terrible language, I think there is (or was anyway) a place for it:
- Java could have been a great replacement for C, in many cases.
- Java is a terrible language with which to build applications.