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    Why does the world need another XML API?

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    The world has had a chance to look at the LINQ technologies a bit, and the overall response has been quite enthusiastic. But now we're getting some harder questions about how various LINQ components relate to one another and to existing Microsoft technologies...
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    Please submit a proposal to speak at the XML 2006 Conference

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    I'll take a break from my XLinq focus to encourage people to submit a proposal to speak at the XML 2006 Conference (December 5-7, in Boston). I’m one of the track chairs for the “Enterprise XML Computing” track at the XML 2006 conference and my main job...
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    We know that XLinq rocks, but ....

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    As much as I appreciated Jim Wooley's response to a post on the xmlteam blog ... XLINQ is so simple that it doesn't need much discussion. (The same can't be said for the XML Dom which is another reason why I think XLINQ rocks) ... I hope people...
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    Non-merging text nodes in XLinq: They're Baacckk!!

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    When I described the changes to XLinq in the May CTP , I said: Note that whereas DOM explicitly allows adjacent text nodes, the XLinq implementation will always merge XText nodes to correspond with the structure of XML text. This has the benefit that...
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    Reactions to LINQ in the Java world

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    We've been wondering what people who are focused on Java think about LINQ, so it's good to see some Roger Voss and Jonathan Bruce start the discussion. A few very good points have come out that deserve some emphasis. For example, Voss notes: There...
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    XLinq Design Issues - What Do You Think?

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    With the recent LINQ CTP , XLinq's feature set is getting close to what we plan to release in " Orcas ". The whole point of Community Technology Previews, of course, is to get feedback from potential customers about what they like, what they don't like...
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    XML Schema is the root of WS-Evil?

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    For some reason I don't really understand, Don Box's appeal for Pragmatics has had exactly the opposite effect from what I think was intended- more thunder from the RESTifarian pulpits, not an consensus to do the simplest thing that actually works for...
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    Don Box on Pragmatics vs Religion in web services technology

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    I see that Don Box is getting some pushback from various folks on his post on Pragmatics. Maybe this will make it a bit clearer :-) The following equipment purchase decisions are orthogonal, even though people often conflate two or more of them: ...
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    New LINQ / XLinq Links

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    My resolutions to post here more often have been overwhelmed by the day job, I'm afraid. I'm now in the process of taking over as Program Manager for XLinq as Dave Remy takes over the Group Program Manager role for our entire team. That should get the...
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    Standards? Conventions? Design Patterns? Whatever Works!

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    I see Rick Jelliffe finds the previous post amusing . Glad to entertain, but please note my comment . I definitely agree that "The whole point of a standard is to prevent one party from having control". That's what the imprimatur of a standards organization...
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    Two approaches to standardization

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    This is an important topic that I've been meaning to blog about for months, but can't summon the energy to write the dissertation-length post that would do it justice. I think I'll take the typical blogosphere approach of throwing out random thoughts...
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    Karma ?

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    To atone for my sins in a previous virtual life, I have been made the program manager "owning" the DOM APIs at Microsoft -- MSXML, System.Xml, and whatever lies ahead in the future. Whoever runs the universe has a sense of humor, anyway :-)
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    Bureaucracy or Professionalism?

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    I've been struggling to crystallize my thoughts about the numerous discussions, mostly leading back to our anonymous colleague minimsft, about the bureaucracy / stifling process at Microsoft. The posters have been mostly Microsoft veterans; perhaps it...
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    Writing less code

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    Who said "There's only really one metric to me for future software development, which is -- do you write less code to get the same thing done?" Maybe one of the folks on lesscode.org who practice the art of using less code to get more done . We shun...
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    More on Design by Committee

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    Michael Rys says in a comment on the previous post "I personally think that XQuery is not bad for having been designed in a committee overall (compared to the DOM :-))" These continuual slurs on the DOM! Everywhere I go, even from my closest colleagues...
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    PDC Day 2 - some details and reactions to LINQ

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    The high point of my day was seeing Anders Hejlsberg go through his presentation (actually it's more or a real-time code writing demo, with few slides) on LINQ. I had never seen him in person before this week, and the experience can only be called...
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    Project LINQ and XML - Some reflections

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    I'm now here at my first Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. This is going to be especially interesting for me because we can finally talk about the Language Integrated Query (LINQ) technology that Jim Allchin outlined this morning. Soumitra...
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    Everybody's blogging about Massachusetts

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    I really don't have anything to do with Office XML formats so can't contribute much of substance to the debate over Massachusetts' draft Enterprise Technical Reference Model v 3.5 which mandates the OASIS Open Document Format. This has generated a...
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    It's been quiet, but not for long

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    I've had my heads down learning firsthand what program managers REALLY do since I moved to the Redmond area this summer. It's been a real learning experience -- I haven't been directly involved with real shipping code for almost 10 years. Also...
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    Is the Semantic Snowball on the roll?

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    I should probably just lie low after my last foray against Sir Tim's ivory tower , but this begs for some pushback: Berners-Lee hopes that life sciences will drive adoption of the Semantic Web , just as high-energy physics drove the early Web. ...
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    SOA meets the real world

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    New in InfoWorld -- " Five big organizations launch ambitious service-oriented architecture initiatives and explain their objectives, obstacles, and solutions ." What I like best is at the beginning: SOA turns the conventional model of enterprise...
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    Authentic Analysis and Argumentation?

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    I've been a bit out of the habit of writing here - for the last couple of months most of my free time online has been spent scouring Seattle Eastside real estate listings trying to find a house we would like that is both affordable and within a reasonable...
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    Service Orientation, the Hype Cycle, and a RESTaurant

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    Edd Dumbill has a funny retrospective on the SOA hype : 2005 Will Be the Year of SOA -- Are You Ready? (.NET Developer's Journal) 2004: The year of the SOA? (ZapThink, searchwebservices.com) Predicts 2003: SOA Comes of Age via Web Services (Gartner) Bowstreet...
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    "SOAP is Dead" -- if you believe the echo chamber

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    This is something of a followup to my post on the XML Team weblog last week, taking into consideration some of the feedback. I'm getting just a wee bit annoyed about the echo chamber repeating "SOAP is dead" to itself around the blogosphere, with nobody...
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    Late January XML-related Links Roundup

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    One of the things we're trying to do is help pull together interesting bits of information gleaned from XML-related weblogs and mailing lists that may be useful (especially within the WebData XML team) but might escape notice. Here are a few links that...
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