What is XML for?
paul at prescod.net
Fri Jan 29 21:58:41 GMT 1999
Tim Bray wrote:
> Well, I'm not sure. Perhaps it's just because my perceptions were
> formed by working on the 500-MB deeply recursive Oxford English
> Dictionary text; but I think that a high-performance repository
> that could accurately mimic the data structures observed in XML
> would very useful in many (not all, obviously) applications. I
> think I hear both Megginson and Winer expressing doubt on that
> front. I'm surprised. -Tim
I'm completely lost and that worries me.
The data structures observed in XML are "annotated tree with second-class
links." This can be used to model "annotated directed graph" and even just
"annotated graph" if you pretend that the links are first-class.
"Annotated graphs" are the basic structures used by object databases. So
you seem to be saying that it would be really nice if there were
high-performance object databases. That seems to me to be exactly what
Dave and David are promoting. So who am I misunderstanding?
Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself
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