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January 20, 2005

Project just got bigger! Damn standards.

Well, I was happily working my way along over the last week, getting ready for my new project, reading lots and writing all the specs and stuff…all fine and well.

Then (as does happen with these things) someone has a bright idea, it's a good idea and initially seems sensible that we should try and integrate with an external partner, bringing great benefits to us from doing so. Great idea. However, that means we're going to have to start adopting some standards.

So, off to the web I go and get reading about the relevant standards. Turns out everyone loves that idea of this standard, but not that many people have implemented it. Now I know why. Hundreds of pages, literally hundreds of that damn things. Page and pages of specifications. It's horrible.

These big groups get together and write these tomes that specify every possible use case under the sun. 90% of people would make do with probably a third or so of the actual spec. Only problem is, to work out which third, you have to read it all. Yay!

So, what was going to be a slightly complicated, but simple to implement type project has just become a bit of a different beast.

Working better with the outside world is definately the way forward (I wish I had done it a bit more with BlogBuilder) as it will really future proof us (as long as more people take up the standard). It's just really hard!


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