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G. Ken Holman
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Delivering consulting and training services worldwide in XML/XSLT/ XQuery/XSL-FO/UBL/code lists/&c.
Delivering consulting and training services worldwide in XML/XSLT/ XQuery/XSL-FO/UBL/code lists/&c.

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Many thanks to XML.com for publishing my latest essay. And thanks to Mukul Gandhi for prompting the discussion on XML-Dev!

Horses for courses: A perspective on an XML vs. JSON discussion
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/horses-courses-perspective-xml-vs-json-discussion-ken-holman

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Disaster planning

July 1 marked my 7th year of "retirement" (working for fun, not having to work) and I spent much of it implementing my disaster plan for Crane Softwrights Ltd.

I agree "disaster" sounds ominous, but really I've been meaning to do this for many years and the worst thing you can do with a disaster plan is put off implementing it because disaster can strike unexpectedly. I often use the example of "getting hit by a bus".

So I converted http://www.CraneSoftwrights.com into a hybrid web site, exploiting server-side redirects.

The portion of the web site devoted to "brochure-ware" remains on the Crane server (my biography, my past teaching schedule, my contact information, services I offer that involve my personal participation, etc.) and it isn't important if all of that information should disappear when the company shuts down.

The following community-oriented content has been migrated to Git: all of my free developer resources, all of my essays that are not hosted elsewhere, and all of my PDF books that are now available for free instead of offered for sale.

News! All four books are now free (no updates planned for any).

You should have a disaster plan and you shouldn't put off implementing it because I think I see a bus coming around the corner over there...

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OASIS UBL - ISO/IEC 19845:2015 and the blockchain

Many thanks to XML.com for publishing my latest essay.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/role-ubl-disintermediating-procurement-transportation-ken-holman

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On our walk today I asked my wife, a preacher, if she wanted to save a lost sole, and she decided not to.
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Last night I had another article published, this one on the OASIS Technical Committee process and how using some OASIS specifications within this process can support the development of document interchange vocabularies:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/developing-open-business-information-exchange-documents-ken-holman

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My XML.com article on UBL was published this month!

https://www.xml.com/articles/2017/01/01/what-is-ubl/

Still cancer free after radical prostatectomy surgery 11 years ago today.  Doc did a great job!

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A delightful post-Hallowe'en event

So a neighbour had the idea that the day after Hallowe'en all of the neighbours could drop their carved pumpkins at the end of a park's walkway.  With some volunteers she arranged hundreds along both sides of the walkway and lit a tea-light in each one.  She put aside two hours to keep the lights lit.  Dozens of people, many of them toddlers, were enjoying the results of her efforts.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were twice as many next year.
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I noticed in the reflection that our elevator gets a bit irrational every time it goes past the 19th floor.
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