Subject: Re: MS discovers S-expressions
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 25 Jan 2004 08:16:57 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* 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 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:

Erik Naggum | Oslo, Norway

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