Re: To Oracle or NOT to Oracle
On Wed, 5 Jan 2000 pmalone2@c... wrote: > My situation is this...the company that I work for wants a project done > in XML, it is not overly complicated, but it poses some problems for me. 1) They > If Oracle isn't the answer...any suggestions??? A great deal of the other possible suggestions has to do with the kind and amounts of data you are working with also. I floated something of this to the list a few months back (cf. archives October under subject: XML/Oracle and consulting), and had some enlightening repsonses to which I hope to do justice and add info from subsequent experience. The most interesting suggestion was for an ODBS from RMIT called Structured Information Manager (SIM). Again, not knowing your requirements, it's hard to be sure this hits the mark, but I noted your concern for proprietary limitations. In our project, archive and source-to-client requisites of our grant necessitate non-proprietary formats. SIM archives native SGML/XML, and allows multiple access shemas via its logical views structure. Several reports on performance give it the edge over other options, including those you're considering. If you're into Z39.50, it's support in SIM is native, as is full unicode in the recent release. XTech's XLink tool apparently works with it based on early reports I've heard. For myself, I'm litterally _just_ beginning to look into SIM, so for anything further on it, see the archives or http://www.rmit.com. Also as to Oracle 8i: pmalone2@c... wrote: <snip> As for working with NES, you will almost certainly have to have OAS (Oracle App Server, sometimes called Oracle Web Server) to build a solid n-tier environment. NES does _not_ happily talk directly to Oracle, as it has no facility to. That's where a servlet engine/code comes into play (and we're back to Cocoon again). </snip> I would definitely agree on this. I think it was OAS 2.6 that our DBA was was struggling with on our Enterprise 250, with Solaris 2.7. Stonebridge consulting noted that this OAS is "formally" not compatible with 2.7, though after some work-arounds, it functions. Our DBA also feels the the Oracle JVM is a severe performance impediment . . . but I personally think that's because he's not gotten XML religion yet <g />-- he's e-commerce, and we're heavily text-based with unbounded heirarchies. THus far, all we've worked with are fairly shallow heirarchies, however, and he's just using a sort of table-representing/pointing to-another-tree table or STAR system. Again, we're only just beginning to play with this as well, so we've not really deployed the technet XML/XSL tools from Oracle yet. Steve Muench's presentation at XML '99 was pretty convincing, however, and i'm sure he will have something to say on all this. good luck, however, in the quest =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-= John Robert Gardner ATLA-CERTR Emory University ------------------------------------------------------------ http://vedavid.org/diss/ "If there is something you're thinking of doing, or wish you could do, begin it. In boldness there is mystery and power . . . . " -Goethe xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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