This year, for instance, a programmer can always tack the phrase “and I’m thinking of incorporating some XML functionality” onto a project summary to explain why he’ll need an extra week, account for a missed deadline, or impress a superior. (source)
I read this, and realised quite how true it was – XML is so the new black, darling. I myself have to confess that I’ve fallen to the allure of XML, as my JCR minutes system stores the minutes internally as XML documents, parsed and converted by the excellent SimpleXML library included with PHP5. No doubt Inkling (if I ever get started on it) will use XML in some shape or form as well. I’m not entirely sure why it’s so useful – probably because it’s simple, flexible and, while quite verbose, extremely compressible by your favourite compression method.