Re: Data misuse (was Re: template matching..)

Subject: Re: Data misuse (was Re: template matching..)
From: Marcus Carr <mrc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 14:04:41 +1000
Guy_Murphy@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> You're right in that there is a relationship between the data provider and
> the data reciever. I would however say that in business terms a large part
> of this relationship is still best solved person to person in that we
> provide *very* large data feeds to companies, and any changes to those
> feeds would be part of a negotiated business solution.

Yes, in a large and formal situation this would certainly cease to be an issue.

> Likewise I as a developer of Web applications now recieve data from the
> back-end in XML format. This solution was negotiated between myself and the
> back-end developers. Likewise any change would be negotiated.

Yes, provided that the back-end developers know that you exist, know that you
have some reliance on their data in its current structure and care about your
reliance enough to override their original reason for change.

> All this doesn't change the fact that in the end it is my resopsibility as
> the recipient of your data to deal with that data. Obviously if you can
> facilitate that the relationship will be a happier one, but I certianly
> don't like the experience of the data provider dictating the stylesheet.

I can see both sides of the coin - but I still believe that given enough rope,
some users will hang themselves. I suspect that this is just another of the
many side effects that XML is bringing; with anything worthwhile and complex
there have got to be some sticking points. I'm curious as to whether anyone has
any thoughts about formalising the relationship between provider and user - any


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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       - Einstein

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