I hate XML.

I investigated storing my GPS co-ords in a really simple XML file with PHP for my map application. I did this thinking that I could only interface data with Google Maps in Javascript with XML. In fact you can use responseText with XmlHttpRequest.

With PHP, I couldn’t get “get_attribute” to work on the child nodes. The PHP docs are frightening. It took me too long to figure out I had to install the php4-domxml debian package just to get started. It is really dumb writing XML code in PHP4, because everything changes in PHP5. Nightmare.

Unix style flat files rule. I hate it how some applications that use CSV are migrating to XML and other stupid interfaces.


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