Lindsey: our data stops being XML and starts being objects pretty fast.
Alex: *laughs!* ... not too long ago, my roommate was telling me a story...
Alex: ... some of his coworkers think of XML as this abstract mathematical thing, basically something like "hierarchical data structures" -- the stuff on the disk or on the wire, they'd say "oh, that's just a serialization of the XML".
Lindsey: The XML is a serialization of the hierarchical data!
Lindsey: I mean, at some level everything gets serialized unless it's in our brains.
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