Letter to the Editor
I really enjoyed the article "The real benefit of XML" by Tom Bragg [Federal
Computer Week, May 22, 2000] and thought he was right on many issues.
I am an ex-Navy submariner who is now working as a Java programmer at
BuildWBT.com. I have been developing code for different companies (Raytheon,
EDS) since I got out of the military and have found there is always a struggle
getting disparate systems to communicate. [This problem] existed in the
military, and it exists in the corporate world. Tom's article pointed out
that it exists in the civilian federal market as well.
I want you to know that Tom is right. XML works and it works now. I'm
part of it, I use it daily and, more than anything, it works. Though XML
will not be a panacea, it will go a long way in providing solutions in a
world where time is in such short supply.
The use of Document Type Definitions (DTD) will really help, if industries/markets/contractors
will provide them on the Net to places like http://www.xml.org for everyone's
use. That will create an extensive library of DTDs to use. Planning a DTD
is actually the hardest part of using XML. XML is worth more than a serious
look, for any organization with data that must be shared.
Thank you for publishing Tom's clearly written article that calls attention
to a working solution available to the federal market today. Now if they
will just adopt it.
New London, Connecticut