I Wish I Had Said That

James Bennett nailed it on the head late last year with his post about I can’t believe it’s not XML! Not that XML is terrible in my view, but it is overly wordy for most of the simple cases where it is used. And the big XML-as-a-protocol-stack, like the SOAP and WS* web services people -- and probably even the SOA hawkers -- are to web services as XML is to JSON.

As James put it:

The XML guys are sitting up on the mountaintop like the Grinch, with his pile of stolen presents, wondering how Christmas still managed to happen: it came without specs! It came without hype! It came without angle brackets, envelopes or types!

I wish I'd said that.