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[via this post from Keith]: a Universal Binary Format

UBF is a language for transporting and describing complex data structures across a network. It has three components:
It seems to me that at this point XML has taken precedence over anything else to transport data across heterogeneous systems. Binary, if properly implemented, should be faster, but XML parsers are getting by the day. Systems like this, while interesting and quite possibly useful for some applications, probably won't be around for much longer. Just as virtual machines are slowly replacing native code (think Java, Perl, Python, C#...) binary data formats for inter-machine exchange will also be replaced in time by XML-based formats. Witness the move on Java to serialize object into XML for long term storage and transfer...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 1 2002 at 11:21 PM

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