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Topic: Java and XML

Why XML is Meant for Java

A close relationship between XML and Java has existed since the early days of the XML effort. One of the first public statements about this relationship came from Sun Microsystems' Jon Bosak, chair of the XML Working Group. He said, "XML gives Java something to do." But it works the other way as well: Java lets XML do something useful. XML by itself is just a lot of text; you need a program to manipulate that text and make things happen. Up until now, Java has been the language of choice for writing those programs. But has this just been a marriage of convenience? Will Java soon be supplanted by other languages, such as Perl and Python, traditionally used for text manipulation? Or will Java remain the language of choice, even as the other two compete for attention?

Updated: 01/05/2001
Organization: Web Techniques