XML size (was: no subject)
03 Apr 2002 09:10:02 -0600
On Wed, 2002-04-03 at 08:54, Derek Atkins wrote:
> Note that this will not only fail to do what you want, but could leave
> your data file unreadable and unusable. This is _EXACTLY_ the kind of
> thing that we DON'T want people to be doing! If you want to change
> your data you should use the application to do it.
Extremely Strongly Disagree.
I think it's a fundamental part of the Unix and free software philosophy
that the data belongs to the user, not to the application. "It's none
of your d**n business what I do with my data!" If the user wants to
pipe their data through perl or sed or whatnot that's their business.
That's the main reason *I* wanted to go to the XML format to start
with. People *hate* applications that bottle their data up in opaque
formats. Databases get a special exemption because of the extremely
delicate nature of the interrelationships between bits of data, but all
real dbs have a way to dump text (SQL) that can be used to exactly
restore the db. Not just a text "export" (which is usually lossy) but a
dump which exposes all of the data's guts.
Sure, it's ill-advised to make precipitous changes to your XML data
file, but it's also ill-advised to make precipitous changes to the
kernel source code... does that mean it shouldn't be available for easy