…everything looks like a nail.
We all suffer from this syndrome to a certain extent. Once you develop familiarity with a particular tool or technology, you see possibilities everywhere.
Sean McGrath refers to this as the Just Use X Club. He is none too happy with the rising membership in Just Use X and proposes a counter-organization:
A second club needs to be formed called “When not to Just Use X” club. This group should devote itself to taking all values of X from the “just use X” club and listing off all the scenarios in which each X should not be used. They should also list off all of the things which will not automatically be true by virtue of the use of X. They should also list off all the areas where good old fashioned thought and design and hard work cannot be replaced by the simple gambit of using X.
This fall’s Intercom will launch my new column, tentatively titled The XML Strategist. The first installment is devoted to scenarios in which XML is not appropriate.
It would appear that Mr. McGrath and I are kindred spirits.