Why XML Over the Relational Model?

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Tue Jan 5 21:56:51 GMT 1999

John Cowan wrote:
> Paul Prescod wrote:
> > XML is not optimized for update, retrieval, searching or anything else. It
> > is optimized for interchange, interchange and interchange.
> Also for durability and durability (but perhaps not durability).

Good point. Interchange across the time dimension is very important.
People who use a relational or object database for their day-to-day work
should definitely consider backing up a periodic XML dump, just as people
who use XML day-to-day should consider how those other tools can help to
make it updatable, retrievable, searchable, etc.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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good at heart." - Anne Frank

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