Re: [ANN] "Future of Software and Databases" NetSeminar(Decemb
10/26/2002 4:23:01 AM, tblanchard@m... wrote: >If XML is an "interchange" format - then why am I storing it? What (authoritative) source gave you the impression that XML is only, or even primarily, an "interchange" format? It started life as "SGML for the Web", and SGML is not primarily an interchange format. Its usefulness as an interchange format is alluded to in the XML 1.0 spec, IIRC, but not stressed. Anyway, "interchange" formats have a way of needing to be stored efficiently and reliably, with transaction management, queries, reporting, etc. as the sheer volume of the data increases, the importance of the data for business increases, and the transactions become longer-running and more stateful. The logical way to handle data that must be handled efficiently, reliably, queried, and with transaction management is in a DBMS. Hence specialized XML DBMS's evolved, and RDBMS's have added XML support. You should hang out with Fabian Pascal (http://www.dbdebunk.com) -- he also thinks we're all bozos on the XML bus :-)
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