Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 04:00:02 GMT
Reply-To: David Schreiber <david_schreiber@MY-DEJA.COM>
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From: David Schreiber <david_schreiber@MY-DEJA.COM>
Organization: Deja.com - Before you buy.
Subject: Re: SAS-> XML .. Great!..... Now What?
In article <39DE4931.12D53618@1stconnect.com>,
Stephen Hirsch <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>What you say is true, as far as parsing syntax is concerned. My point
> is that parsing syntax (even so far as the entire effort of coding) is
> a tiny proportion of the effort necessary to deliver an app. The
> of the DTD is much, much more difficult and more important. It is the
> model, after all.
I wouldn't call writing a parser easy. Unless the data is very simple
(such as a CSV file), a parser can be a very complex exercise. Even
the simplest tree based data structure can take hours to code for.
Depending on the language it could be a real pain (try woking with a
binary tree in SQL...)
Creating a good data model can also be difficult, but that depends on
the scale of the data you're dealing with. You can create a relatively
simple data structure in XML and have that data available to other apps
in hours - and bypass the whole mess of worring about whether your
other apps can parse your data format (as long as you have an API
Welcome to nowhere fast. Nothing here ever lasts.
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