XML at 5: Its Still Ubiquitous
The original XML recommendation turned 5 years old Feb. 8.The original XML recommendation turned 5 years old Feb. 8 (go to www.eweek.com/links to see the original specification). I caught up with Dave Hollander, a member of the original group that hashed out the specification. The group also included Tim Bray, Jon Bosak and Michael Sperberg McQueen, among others. (See eWeek Labs interview with Jon Bosak, Page 31.)
"The essence of what makes XML unique in the world is that it makes data ubiquitous," said Hollander, now chief technology officer of Contivo, a company that has a design solution for integrating business applications. "People can move data between a variety of applications, and it works because the XML specification is straightforward."