After 14 tumultuous years of existence and the rise of numerous competing technologies, you might think XML is on its way out. Think again. Ongoing complaints that XML is more complex than necessary, along with the nascent popularity of specifications like HTML5 (which we write about all the time), helped inspire the development of MicroXML, a backward-compatible simplification of XML that's being championed by some of the leading minds in the XML community.
This week, author Uche Ogbuji embarks on an introductory tour of MicroXML, examining its basic principles and revealing how it differs from XML 1.x and related standards. And although MicroXML is still an emerging specification, a solid understanding of its basic principles can give you a clear sense of how to use XML effectively in the midst of all that change.
Of course, there's no doubt in our minds that XML is here to stay -- just look at all the resources in our XML section. And as a former editor of that section, I can attest to XML's staying power. I only hope that doesn't make me obsolete.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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