Well, I would venture to say that XML is already big! You would be surprised at how many home grown XML based solutions there are, and many larger scale products are based on XML. Its even creeping into use where you may not expect it; Dreamweaver uses XML for some of its configurations and interface, and I understand that Apples OSX interface uses an XML based system (but don't quote me on that). Right now, with only a modest knowledge of XML and ASP you can create some amazing solutions for much less money and development time than you traditionally would, and end up with something more flexible. For example, you could eliminate the need for a database in many instances, saving yourself bags of money. A great book to check into is "ASP XML", by WROX. (One of the Red books with all the faces on it). That book alone can make you a seriously dangerous web developer. > -- > > Christopher Orth - Webmaster > The Casey Family Program > - > corth at casey.org > Desk: 206-282-7300 X 8556 > Mobile: 206-356-0386 -----Original Message----- From: Flavia Silveira-Tarzwell (FayeC) [mailto:fayec at canada.com] Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 7:45 PM To: Evolt Subject: [thelist] XML - will it be big? Hi, I just started studying XML at school and I wonder how much emphasis I should give to it for now... We are also studying ASP and PHP which are more in demand (??) but my teacher keeps saying that we should go deep into it cause in 2 years it will be *BIG* ..... Could you guys give your 2 cents on this matter?? I love programming and I would certainly take one more language just as easy but I need to establish some priorities here and I want to concentrate on what will be more useful to me when I graduate and start looking for a job..... I appreciate any comments on this subject. FayeC --------------------------------------- For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !