The ugly little angle-bracket syntax that changed the world

Kurt Cagle: XML has not disappeared into the infrastructure; it has become the infrastructure

I couldn't let another very valuable snippet of Kurt Cagle's coverage of the recent XML 2005 conference go by without one more link. Anyone who works with XML or the specs that rely on XML should check out this very astute and thorough summation of how the standard continues to change the way we compute, and do business.

I think Kurt really says it all in these two profound paragraphs:

"This was not a conference about XML. This was a conference about content management systems, about services oriented architectures and blogging and electronic business standards, about databases and the Internet, about forms management and programming environments and security and linguistics and interface design and games. In short, it was a microcosm of the IT universe. Somewhere along the line, this odd, ugly little angle-bracket syntax of ours has quietly managed to wend its way into nearly every aspect of computer technology."

"XML is not disappearing into the infrastructure as some pundits predicted. It has become the infrastructure, and everything else is disappearing into it. This is not to say that the work of the XML community is done – indeed, by all accounts, the potential of XML is such that we are only just beginning to see the first inklings of what this revolution will bring – only that we are moving out of the phase of building the foundational definitions."