Friday, July 21, 2006
My InfoWorld Podcast with Jon Udell
You can replay the interview as a podcast from here.
The highlight of the interview for me was when Jon volunteered that some people say he’s a Document Engineer. I told him that I agreed, and that maybe we’d give him an honorary degree if he’d only stop saying that XML was self-describing. I think I convinced him -- someone who stresses the importance of metadata (check out the "InfoWorld Metadata Explorer" that he built) -- that if XML were really self-describing you wouldn’t need any of it.
I will probably write about some of the topics that Jon and I talked about. But in the meantime, listen to the podcast.
I don't know if you recall BYTE, but a while back I call Jon the "Steve Ciarcia of IT" and this tidbit gives me yet more reason!
I use Jon's column as something of a still-point ... when it seems that the falcon can no longer hear the falconer and mere anarchy is about to be let loose upon the world, it's a boost to fetch up against some good practice. "Doc or Die" ... gotta luv it ... my one-line bio includes "compulsively tech_doc".
Speaking of, your comment in my blog about *clicks CoComment* "small and medium enterprise" huh huh ... my reply was this (and with it I'll say bye for now):
heh ... I ran head-on into a dissonance with that, thinking SME had the single meaning of "Subject Matter Expert". When doing technical documents (tech_docs, yes?) for an avionics R&D project SME interviewing was part of the skill set ... corp-speak for getting engineers to spill the beans.
I wrote a short paper entitled Document centric computing back in 2003.
Care to take a look.