JSON has been promoted for a couple of years now, and has been visibly gaining traction among the net programming community for at least 18 months. It’s quite telling that it has only recently filtered through Dave’s navel-focused gaze.
And before any analysis, he’s quick to dismiss and belittle it:
God bless the re-inventers
Gotta love em, because thereâ€™s no way theyâ€™re going to stop breaking what works, and fixing what donâ€™t need no fixing.
…and to show us the particular shade of his sunglasses:
I figured, sheez it canâ€™t be that hard to parse, so letâ€™s see what it looks like, and damn, ITâ€™S NOT EVEN XML!
As Dr Phil asks â€” What were they thinking?
Sheez, Dave, maybe they were thinking “I don’t care to use XML” – those presumptuous philistines. Let the XML infidels be slaughtered:
Who did this travesty? Letâ€™s find a tree and string them up. Now.
Chief infidel Douglas Crockford’s comment is worth framing:
I liked the part where Dr Phil said â€œWhat were they thinking?â€ I asked the same question when I first saw XML being proposed as a data format. There were obviously better alternatives.
The good thing about reinventing the wheel is that you can get a round one.
Dave leaves the best line for last:
Silicon Valley is made up of little boys pulling their puds, constantly making love to each other, pretending the world revolves around them.
…the all-too-easy inference of course being that it actually revolves around Dave Winer, chief pud-puller, making love only to himself.