The Pros and Cons of XML

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Basis for Comparison
  • Brief History of XML
  • Pro Arguments with Counterpoints
  • Con Arguments with Counterpoints
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: What is XML?

Key Findings:

  • There are 18 key arguments favoring XML
  • There are 9 key arguments challenging XML
  • Does XML represent a revolutionary technology change or is it basically the same old thing in new packaging?
  • There are compelling reasons for XML’s longevity, but are matched by equally compelling challenges to its adoption and usage.
  • There is an element of “religiousness” to various arguments on the pro and con side of XML.
  • Ignore the hype and let your business needs determine your usage of XML
  • Ignore the naysayers and evaluate how XML can truly impact your needs for the better