XML pages from Databases

Andrew Layman andrewl at microsoft.com
Mon Jan 25 18:43:06 GMT 1999

David Livingstone asks for advice on creating XML pages from a database,
particularly on how the data should be stored, as tables of data or as
marked-up text.

It really depends on how you intend to use the data, and what your
processing load is.  For example, if you want to access the data from a
variety of angles, with transactional protection, and a heavy workload, then
you need a database and you need to store the data relationally.  If you
only need to retrieve the marked up text, then you could store that as
string fields in a database.  Or you can take a hybrid approach, with some
parts accessible relationally and others stored as marked-up text. (For some
good examples of the latter approach, see the excellent slide show Oracle
marketing has prepared at http://www.oracle.com/xml/.)

--Andrew Layman

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