Why XML Over the Relational Model?

len bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Sat Jan 2 22:09:22 GMT 1999

Nazmul Idris wrote:
> Dear fellow Java and XML Developers:
> I could not find a decent resource on the web which showed me
> how to use XML and Java to build web and Internet based
> applications. So I decided to write one myself :).
> Check it out at:
>     http://developerlife.com
>     http://developerlife.com/xmljavatutorial1

Sincere compliments and thanks to you, Nazmul Idris.  That is a very 
fine tutorial and an excellent contribution.

To XML developers:

The tutorial by example does raise the question often asked 
and seldom answered by the XML community:  precisely 
why should developers choose this approach (XML 
and Java objects) over a commercial relational 
database given the ease by which this example can be done 
using standard SQL, script, and an  
HTML browser?  As this same question occupied 
many of the venerable CALS developers for some period, 
have any new answers emerged for XML?

The only one I can think of is that we didn't have 
the DOM.

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

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