Great controversies of XML

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Fri Jan 14 18:18:04 GMT 2000

At 12:59 PM 1/14/00 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>Don't forget XML vs. relational databases.  That one hasn't reared its 
>head for almost a year, but it was interesting at the time.
>Oh yes, we forgot a big one, formats vs. protocols (try talking about
>XML with a CORBA person for more than 30 seconds, and you'll see what
>I mean).

These two at least have middle grounds, though perhaps it's more of a
demilitarized zone than a meeting place.  I haven't had any abuse from true
believers in CORBA since June, and I've spoken on it several times since
then, even to CORBA-folk.

The relational database issue seems to be settling nicely, as vendors of
RDBMS software are adding XML features and as XML starts talking about data
typing and other features that help RDBMS folk.  I'm still fond of those
crazy hierarchical databases, though, so maybe we can revive that ancient

Simon St.Laurent
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