Call it Len’s Proposition … I’ve been taken to task recently by Len Bullard for my unflagging support and belief in open standards in general and XML in particular. I respect the many voices here on XML.com, especially Len’s, so when he starts saying the sky is falling I generally at least look up, but it occurs to me that this offers an opportunity for many of those same commentators to express their positions about the big issues about XML. With AJAX and JSON in one corner, .NET and Linq off in another, Java sitting impatiently in a third, not to mention a host of languages such as Scheme, Lisp, Haskell, etc., just waiting to get their boxing gloves on, XML’s position may be far from secured. So I think the ultimate question I’d ask here is simple:
Is XML doomed? Is it fatally flawed, too weak, not weak enough, too abstract, too specific? Is the core philosophy that it enables, the principle of open standards, a far-left communist plot or the salvation of the computing world as we know it? Have we gone down the wrong path, and only determined action now will right that wrong?
I’ll weigh in with my own opinions in a bit, but I open the floor to one and all … was XML a mistake? If so, why, if not, why not? (You may use a #2 pencil for your answer).