XML and databases (NYC talk 2/8)

DuCharme, Robert DuCharmR at moodys.com
Wed Feb 3 15:10:11 GMT 1999

The Object Developers Group (www.objdev.org) is sponsoring a talk on XML
and databases in New York City on February 8th.  I've copied their
announcement below. (It was forwarded to my by a co-worker; I know
nothing about the ODG or Walter Perry.)

Bob DuCharme       www.snee.com/bob       <bob@  
snee.com>  see www.snee.com/bob/xmlann for "XML:
The Annotated Specification" from Prentice Hall.


Title:        "XML and Databases"
Speaker:      Walter Perry
Date:         Monday, February 8, 1999
Time:         7-9pm
Location:     Prudential Securities,  One New York Plaza,  NY NY 10292
              Sign in with security, take elevator to the 3rd floor,
              then the escalator down to 2nd floor. Follow posted signs.
              See http://www.objdev.org/directions/prudential.html
Cost:         $5 contribution http://www.objdev.org/contrib
              Free to Prudential Security employees (our hosts) and ODG
              paid annual members
Register:     Required, please use http://www.objdev.org/register
Leader:       Walter Perry, wperry at fiduciary.org
Groups:       XML SIG of the Object Developers Group(ODG)
Abstract:     "XML and Databases"
              XML, touted as a 'universal syntax' of information, has
              seemed from its beginnings to be an obvious tool for
              inter-database communication, for database publishing to
              the Web, for the mapping of complex data to relational
              tables -- in short, for expressing efficient translations
              between data and documents.  The question is how large a
              role XML can, or should, play in the overall scheme of
              data management.  Some think that the data repository
              itself should be XML documents, while others at the
              opposite extreme regard XML as simply a transient
              messaging format.  Is an XML document logically reducible
              to normalized relational tables, or does it force us to
              use much less well understood object databases?  What are
              the advantages, and the shortcomings, of XML for such
              routine database tasks as queries, sorts, bulk updates
              and reporting?  This session will examine these questions
              and try to find several ways in which XML can provide
              database tools which are immediately useful.
Bio:          Walter Perry is Managing Director of Fiduciary
              Automation, which provides services and software to
              support complex transnational financial settlements and
              to produce from them multi-jurisdictional reporting
              satisfying management, auditing, compliance and tax and
              other regulatory requirements.  He has wrestled with most
              hardware since the 360/45 and the PDP-8 and with an even
              wider variety of operating systems and languages.  He is
              now happily object-oriented.  Walter holds a B.A. from
              Columbia University and a PhD. from Trinity College,
              University of Dublin.

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