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Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT Hello World - outreach
From: Ihe Onwuka <ihe.onwuka@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:45:38 +0000

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:42 AM, Liam R E Quin <liam@xxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 2014-03-27 at 01:39 +0000, Ihe Onwuka wrote:
>
>>
>> Step 1. Encourage people to use XRX or some approximation thereof for
>> the prototype or PofC of their application.
>
> How would we do that?
>

Guerilla tactics.

Talk directly to the people who have ownership of the problems they
want solved . If they are sufficiently focused on solving their
problem they are probably data interchange format agnostic and
possibly technology agnostic. For both the aforementioned reasons this
is unlikely to be an IT person.

You try and get in at the prototype and PofC stage before the IT bods
have had a chance to over-engineer anything and to stay under the
radar of the risk management programme. It helps if you can come in
within the budgetary discretion of one or a few people.

Simon Peyton-Jones says that Excel is the worlds most widely used
functional programming language. You cannot get an investment banking
internship without some Excel sklils in your portfolio.

How do you think it got to be that way?


>> Step 2. Rely on inertia.
>
> Inertia says it's easier to move to node.js and JavaScript on the back
> end, although I don't personally believe that's a wise strategy in many
> cases... sometimes people have to make their own mistakes, though, and
> for sure XML was used in many places where it didn't really help.
>
> I loved the "NoXML" idea.
>

Dunno what that means. This is where being thick helps. It enforces a
simplicity to your communication that will never confuse the
recipient.

Inertia - I don't think having all those spreadsheets was part of any
banks strategic plan.


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