Subject: Re: MS discovers S-expressions From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 25 Jan 2004 08:16:57 +0000 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <3284007417272758KL2065E@naggum.no> * Dave Roberts | Agreed on XML. It certainly is verbose. But I get shivers up my spine | when anybody mentions ASN.1. That is NOT the way to go. This generally depends on the encoding rules. There are many of them. Only some of them are CPU-intensive. Some of the problem is that ASN.1 is not a precise match for the programming language's internal data structures. Environments that make a better fit between ASN.1 and the data structures of the programming language suffer much less than those that insist on using only «native» data structures. Just for kicks, I did a search for «XML» at groups.google.com to see its incidence rate and tabulated the results per month. One has to search for many much shorter intervals, or the number of matches becomes a useless constant, so in case anyone else wants to know, the data and the simple figure are available here: http://naggum.no/2004/024/651-xml-google.data http://naggum.no/2004/024/692-xml-google.gif -- Erik Naggum | Oslo, Norway Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.