June 2006 Meeting

Dale Waldt on "XML Done Well!" -- The Extensibility Manifesto

The success or failure of an XML implementation project, like any development project, depends on several factors. These can include selecting the right tools, getting the data model right in terms of granularity, detail and usability, identifying user and other stakeholders' requirements, and meeting business objectives such as efficiency and schedule improvements, new product opportunities, or quality improvements. And all this has to be done within budget. Einstein once said, "Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler." This can be applied to XML. Every XPath node translates into development. Development of conversion, editing, transformation, rendering, and storage applications, not to mention increased complexity for end users. Your data model should contain the simplest level of detail needed, but no less than what is needed. This axiom is one of the core tenets behind an emerging movement for doing XML right described in the eXtensibility Manifesto (http://extensibilitymanifesto.org). A group of experienced XML implementers have described critical success factors for XML development success. This loose-knit consortium is trying to define what a successful XML project is, a methodology for getting there, and is creating a body of supporting literature and training to help others achieve XML success. This session will describe common pitfalls in XML development, 10 guiding principles to effective XML implementation, and the activities of the group behind the eXtensibility Manifesto.

Dale Waldt, one of the founding members of the eXtensibility Manifesto, is Senior Consultant/Instructor at aXtive Minds (http://axtiveminds.com) where he helps a wide range of organizations implement their XML strategies. Dale currently focuses on XML implementation in complex and demanding environments such as legal & regulatory, online training, pharmaceutical, legislative, online directories, manufacturing and other verticals. Dale speaks, writes, and teaches frequently on XML, the Web and related technologies.







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