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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Objects vs. XML in WinFS Land 

Dare Obasanjo
. . . The first question about why WinFS doesn't build on XML, XQuery and XSD instead of items, OPath and the WinFS schema language is something that the WinFS folks will have to answer. Of course, Jon could also ask why it doesn't build on RDF, RDQL [or any of the other RDF query languages] and RDF Schema which is a related question that naturally follows from the answer to Jon's question.

The second why would one want to program against a Person object when they have a element. This is question has an easy answer which unfortunately doesn't sit well with me. The fact is that developers prefer programming against objects than they do programming with XML APIs. No XML API in the .NET Framework (XmlReader, XPathNavigator, XmlDocument, etc) comes close to the ease of use of programming against strongly typed objects in the general case. Addressing this failing [and it is a failing] is directly my responsibility since I'm responsible for core XML APIs in the .NET Framework.


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