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   Re: Why XML Over the Relational Model?

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  • From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 15:42:01 -0600

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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