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Anti-Microsoft?
Is XML-Journal an anti-Microsoft magazine? I've thought about subscribing, but I haven't found much about using XML with Microsoft technologies. I've found information about most other technologies, specifically Java. This is a somewhat narrow view since Microsoft has numerous programmers developing with XML.

Suggestion: include articles that use Microsoft and other technologies. I think you'll increase your subscriber base. I'm not trying to tell you how to run your magazine, as I'm neither pro- nor anti-Microsoft; however, I recently had to develop several Microsoft solutions using XML.

Please let me know what your long-term strategy is, and keep XML nonbiased.

Frank Ouimette
[email protected]

I'm sending this to other folks at SYS-CON who will also take your concerns into account.

To answer your question: no, we are not an anti-Microsoft magazine.

We strive to be vendor-agnostic. One of the things I've been trying to do is get representation from Microsoft since they're playing a big part in the future of XML. We have published some articles about MSXML and other Microsoft-XML technologies, but not nearly enough. Of course, SOAP and other standards have had major contributions from Microsoft. However, I agree that we need to cover more in that area, and more from the Microsoft-platform initiatives.

You should see more coverage of MS-specific XML technologies in the future.
Ajit

XML Tutorial
XML-Journal is an outstanding publication and I devour every issue. Thank you for a job well done. So, you might think that I would skip the new Tutorial column. However, I actually look forward to going through the basics carefully. I've learned much of what I know on a just-in-time basis and am probably unaware of some of the basics and background I'm still missing.

I'm glad you decided to include a column that steps backward as well as articles on the bleeding edge.

Elwood Downey
President/CEO, Clear Sky Institute Inc. [email protected]

Visual Schema Design
That was an excellent article on UML notation by Mark Carson ["Visual Schema Design with UML," Vol. 2, issue 5] as it details the architectural process of documenting the requirements of a Web application.

Great magazine by the way! Keep it up!

Lyle A. Bryant
[email protected]

Ajit Sagar's Editorial
Your editorial was well authored [" XML Design ," Vol. 2, issue 7]. The comparisons between home child proofing and XML patterns transformed an intense subject matter into a readable article.

Good job, Ajit. Write more articles and please continue your excellent service.

Prabhu Sankaran
[email protected]

Info Sources?
I regularly read XML-Journal. I'm studying for a masters in computer science and am working on a Web-based application using JSP and other J2EE APIs. I want to create a good XML-related application and this is where I need some help from you.

I would appreciate it if you could tell me what kind of applications and which industries are using XML explicitly. Let me know of any XML application ideas that you can think of.

Shahid Mohammed
[email protected]

Well, I think you have one of the best sources of information in your hands. As your question is very broad, it's hard to give a generic answer. XML is now a part of enterprise applications that span several facets of the enterprise. You can look at XML as the connectivity layer between programming environments. To get an idea of good XML applications, look at examples of e-commerce applications such as order management, and marketplaces such as auctions, exchanges, and shopping carts. In these applications you need to identify the layers that expose APIs to the presentation or connectivity layer. That's where you'll find examples of applied XML technology.

The best way to start is to pick up a book on XML usage in e-commerce (as opposed to books on XML programming). One of the best sources is the The XML Handbook by Charles Goldfarb.

Ajit

ERRATA
Due to a printer's error, some sections of Michael C. Daconta's article, "Are Elements and Attributes Interchangeable?" (XML-J, Vol. 2, issue 7), did not appear in the print issue of the magazine. The entire article can be accessed by logging on to www.sys-con.com/xml/article.cfm?id=227 .

Please e-mail any comments to Ajit Sagar [email protected]

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