Re: [xsl] [possibly off topic] Adoption Rates and Future

Subject: Re: [xsl] [possibly off topic] Adoption Rates and Future
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:38:50 +0000
On 04/11/2011 11:23, Andrew Welch wrote:
Anecdotal to list, apologies, but for me... I was told yesterday by my
previous employer
that he can't find anyone to maintain and XML application and today by my
current employer
that XML is not seen as the solution it was thought to be several years ago.
Fwiw, since Standford has started teaching xquery, I've been inundated
with Kernow requests.

Another data point, I spent yesterday teaching XSLT one-on-one to a guy who has inherited responsibility for the company's existing XML/XSLT applications from someone who left, and he is having to learn fast because no-one else understands the code.

A consequence of the open source revolution is that organizations no longer have any control over what technologies they adopt. A small group of enthusiasts can start using a new technology because they think it's cool (they don't need approval because they don't need budget), and when they leave, the organization has to work out what to do next: they can either try to train or recruit someone new, or they can chuck the stuff away and start again. XSLT can win from this process and it can also lose.

Michael Kay

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