Saturday, October 11, 2008

Binary XML

Jimmy Zhang hits the nail on the head when he notes that parsing ASCII text is not the primary problem in XML performance, object allocation is. I was surprised by the same finding when I started working on Objective-XML around a decade ago.

Sean McGrath claims that Binary XML solves the wrong problem.

Yes and no: it doesn't help much with existing structures and parsing methods, but with the right methods, it can be extremely helpful!

Also: "...how weird is it that we have not moved on from the DOM and SAX in terms of "standard" APIs for XML processing?"