Of course a lot of people are unhappy with how XML has evolved and with the involvement of organizations like the W3C. The fact remains that even though the transport cost of textual XML is untenable for a lot of devices, the cost of parsing of text-XML completely overshadows it.
By having a BinaryXML standard, we would see XML adoption in areas where its use is not currently widespread and we would see increased communications over what we have today. This would be good for all of us.
The only problem is, it needs to be "a" standard, not "twenty different" standards. I remember being on the SOAP list back in 2000. Dave Winer, Don Box and other luminaries did a lot of arguing and crying. But, they eventually gave birth, and it was "One SOAP". Hope the BinaryXML doods achieve the same!
On another note, there has been a lot of positive stuff about the new "Visual Studio Deployment Projects" add-in. It solves a lot of issues, even though it still doesn't solve development issues revolving around things like ASPX user controls. I just noticed that my buddy and fellow MVP Rick Strahl has updated his freebie "ASP.NET Compiler Utility" to include taking advantage of the ASPNET_MERGE.EXE utility that's packaged with it.
Rick, I don't know where you find the energy to keep putting out all this great stuff, but we love it, man!
Will the Wonders Never Cease Department: Is Santa really coming to town?
And on this same subject, apparently "Mr. ASP.NET" himself has just posted news about a completely new Web Project System for ASP.NET 2.0 that will "put back" a lot of the cool stuff developers grew to know and love in ASP.NET 1.1. You can read up on it here, it looks like there will be a preview in a couple of weeks (by XMas? doubt it).
Of all the MS Project Managers I've come into contact with, Scott Guthrie really deserves kudos for going out of his way, sometimes tirelessly, to "tell the little people" what's going on, listen to their gripes, and keep them informed on his blog. One time when I UnBlogged about my disappointment with some web stress test results in the then BETA ASP.NET 2.0 based on information in an MSDN article that was somewhat "ambitious", Scott contacted me on his own and made sure I had all the bells and whistles I needed to ensure that my tests were "OK". Never once did he attempt to "defend" the product - his sole aim was to help me and listen to my feedback.
Wishing you a pleasant holiday season, and I hope you survive the XBOX Famine.