Efficient XML in airplanes, military etc.
There’s a very interesting podcast by Jon Udell of an interview with John Schneider (AgileDelta) about efficient XML. In addition to the XML technology itself, there are many application-related aspects discussed as well – for example, it was interesting to note that also the US military has adopted the WS-technologies; possibly even to some further extent. So, I’m sure the podcast is well worth listening even for people who are interested in just web services or such – there are some very exciting points.
Furthermore, it was delightful that John confirms some aspects I noted in my previous postings, like that the binary XML is (potentially) as efficient as proprietary binary formats. While the discussion much emphasizes the compression aspect, I guess there are many other advantages as well; some of which I mentioned before. And I’m expecting to have a bunch of open source implementations to choose from when some standard emerges.
PS. I left thinking about drafting a proposal for having some support for efficient XML in XMPP as suggested, but ended up to avoid doing an ‘academic’ specification; that is, it’d be good to do some testing to back up the proposal, which I’m unable to do right at the moment. Sorry that I failed to respond in the comments.