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Chapter 16. Using WDDX > Introducing WDDX

Introducing WDDX

The WDDX format was created in 1998 by Macromedia's legendary Sim Simeonov as a simplified way to use XML for exchanging data among Internet applications. At that time, many of the XML tools commonly available today were just beginning to emerge, and high-level XML technologies such as SOAP, SAX, and XSLT for representing and massaging data were not yet in the mainstream.

The idea was to come up with a simple way of thinking about XML that allowed ColdFusion users to start reaping its benefits right away, without having to learn about XML parsers, DTDs, document object models, entities, namespaces, and so on. Of course, all of those concepts are important and very useful, but Sim realized that plenty of uses for XML could be facilitated without forcing people to get that deep into the theory and vocabulary of it all. He set out to create a system that would sit on top of XML, hiding all the complexities of parsing, creating, and populating XML documents.


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