Month: October 2004

Udell on XML play-doh

XML play-doh. A universal canvas requires a universal way to represent data. Other solutions are conceivable, but let’s accept for now that XML is a reasonable one, and that it’s here to stay. How does XML become Play-doh? The first answer, for me, was Perl with its XML::Parser module. Then came XSLT (XSL Transformation), which traded away procedural idioms to gain declarative transformational power. Then came Python with its libxml/libxslt modules, which married the procedural and declarative styles in a highly interactive way. That’s been my weapon of choice lately, but now there’s a new contender: E4X (ECMAScript for XML). [Jon’s Radio]

Gilbane and CMPros

Gilbane Content Management Conference to Host CM Professionals’ First Summit. The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars announced that the CM Professionals organization (CM Pros) ( will hold their inaugural Summit in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on Content Management to be held at the Westin Copley in Boston, November 30 – December 2, 2004. The CM Pros Summit will take place on November 30 in the same location. [Gilbane Report News]