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- Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 10:36:59 -0500 (EST)
Dan Holle writes:
> IMHO, Occam's Razor between XML and DBMS revolves around data
> complexity and multiple updaters.
> If the XML phonebook had every US phone number, you wouldn't want
> to be on the receiving end of a servlet like this.
Actually, XML would be a wonderful way to transfer every U.S. phone
number from one database to another, but querying an XML document (or
a representation of it in a repository) would not be an efficient way
to look up a specific phone number, and transferring the whole
phonebook in XML to a thin client would be plain silly.
In brief, then, XML is a very sophisticated exchange (import/export)
format, and RDBMs are very sophisticated storage and retrieval tools.
Different species, but they can be taught to play together nicely.
All the best,
David Megginson email@example.com
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