Phoebe Yi

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XML has become a hot topic over recent years due to its core qualities: extensibility, platform independence, and self-describing nature to name a few. Considered by many to solve a wide variety of e-problems, it has enjoyed an optimistic following that believes it to be the next IT revolution, comparable to HTML. Despite the hype, the use of XML in the real world is still mainly limited to data transfer and system integration within large companies. In smaller business, and in the Internet application area (normally the domain of a more traditional RDB, ASP, HTML model), we have seen little use of XML. This article discusses XML's strengths; why XML is a valuable tool, particularly with respect to data exchange; and also why perhaps XML is not commonly found within small businesses. Should XML Be Used for Web Front-End Development? HTML was indeed a revolution. It t... (more)