RE: indexing and querying XML (not XQuery)
In the small, I agree, Robert, but when the system gets very large and has strict performance metrics, tough issues of storing and sorting very very large datasets, mining the data, and so on, it really is hard. There are dozens of committees grinding out specifications and standards that can be included into a contract with a single sentence. The CALS vets will understand: we really have to build the bloody thing this time and it is much more real time than last time. The time of programmer experimentation and Starbucks programming over a latte is over. This is back to the cube, long hours, kiss your wife and kids goodbye until the deed is done stuff. The good old days.... Guys like deRose who really know this down to the nits can be very helpful. len From: Robert Koberg [mailto:rob@k...] Steven J. DeRose wrote: >So assembling a system that works well from the tools at hand is > far from trivial. I don't know if that is true or at least not as bad as you make it out to be. If you use the 80/20 rule (as is generally understood today), I think it is trivial - for simple folk like me. It comes down to the best way to deal with the current reality. If you want to cover everything then you will never get there (an archer shoots an arrow which has to go half way first always).
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