This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of language that has already changed our lives quite fast. In February 1998, the W3C published the specs for XML 1.0. Nevertheless, XML is a bit older to tell the true: SGML was it original father two years before, in 1996.
After the XML adoption, the way we work with data was never be the same again. It’s incredible to see how fast we have adopted it as it was one of our native tongue.
To commemorate the event, I will recommend you reading a nice article about the abuse of XML called “XML Fever” published on Communication of the ACM vol 51. issue 7 (Erik Wilde & Robert J. Glushko).