XML machine the successor to von Neumann

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Post by bob » 08/21/03, 1:11 am

The most basic principle of a von Neumann machine is that programs and data can share memory as they are both just strings of bits. This is still the basis of the architecture of all commercial computers, writes Peter Abraham of Bloor Research.

These two concepts came together at the dawn of computer history but have tended to drift apart ever since. The COBOL programming language doesn't look anything like data. Object-orientation brought process and data closer together but even then the storage of the two was totally different.

XML goes back to von Neumann because data and programs can both be stored in XML. In a sense XML goes further by storing input and presentation in the same format as well. To take just three examples, ebXML is data, BPEL4WS is program and XFORMS is presentation.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/32452.html
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Post by SOD » 08/21/03, 8:17 am

Nice article Bob. Another good reason to use xml/xsl
technology. The eb stuff is powerful.....

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