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More 10-year anniversaries

Friday, January 04, 2008 by Dave Winer.

In April of last year we celebrated ten years of Scripting News. Permalink to this paragraph

December was the 10-year anniversary of scriptingNews format along with Netscape become what we now call RSS. The first applications started coming online in January 1998. Roughly ten years ago, more or less. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

And we're approaching the 10-year anniversary of XML-RPC, a format whose Wikipedia page says "the entire description can be printed on two pages of paper." And it's one of the few bits of Internet work that I've done that has withstood attempts to muddy its origins and confuse its developers.  Permalink to this paragraph

Today's XML-RPC is exactly as it was 10 years ago, which, if you were developing XML-RPC apps means that your apps still work, and that's a good thing. Nothing that's come along before or since rivals XML-RPC for simplicity and utility. Permalink to this paragraph


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