An XML feel-good story
Seems like everyone likes to bitch about XML (or WS-*) these days. Today I had a very, very pleasant experience with XML and a few related APIs that saved me a couple of hours (at least) worth of work.
Turns out that I have a good (non-technical) friend named Ben for whom I set up custom, home-grown PHP blogging system sometime around 2002. This was a very basic setup where he could post and others could comment? post archival was very basic and syndication feeds and other blogging niceties were nowhere in sight. At the time Ben and I were very proud of his little blogging setup? back then, blogs (and blogging services/toolkits) were much less prevalent.