Since we're talking about databases...

David Megginson david at
Tue Feb 2 12:03:54 GMT 1999

Clark Evans writes:

 > I'm rather new to the list.  I was wondering if there is any
 > current (open source?) work for storing XML in relational 
 > databases.  I was thinking of using PostgreSQL.

If you want to start this yourself, you probably want to code in Java
to vanilla JDBC, for two reasons:

1. Most decent XML tools are in Java -- it's a nice turn-around to
   see people asking "is this tool available in C++" rather than "is
   this tool available in Java"?  Of course, Perl is catching up
   fast... (I use Perl for quick batch processing scripts and Java for
   larger applications).

2. JDBC will let people put exactly as much power as they need on the
   back end, from MSQL or PostgreSQL (or, if they're masochists,
   Access) for light-weight work, to Oracle, Sybase, DBII, etc. for
   heavy-grade stuff.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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