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Which Part of "No XML" Don't You Understand?
by Guido van van Rossum
January 31, 2006
Summary
The XML crowd don't seem to get it. I don't *want* to use XML in my templates. Now can they leave me alone and stop telling me that I want XML?

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To the supporters of [1] Nevow, Kid and other XML-based templating engines.

I really don't think I can explain this any better. I don't want to use XML in my templates. I don't want to generate XML and I don't want to have to type XML to tell the template engine what to do. You keep telling me that I want XML, but that simply isn't the case, so stop wasting your time (and mine).

I'm not saying that there's no use for XML. But if you see XML as the solution to every problem, well, that's a problem.

([1] PyMeld removed from this list since it doesn't belong.)

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Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the major programming languages on and off the web. The Python community refers to him as the BDFL (Benevolent Dictator For Life), a title straight from a Monty Python skit. He moved from the Netherlands to the USA in 1995, where he met his wife. Until July 2003 they lived in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC with their son Orlijn, who was born in 2001. They then moved to Silicon Valley where Guido now works for Google (spending 50% of his time on Python!).

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