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   Re: XML and LDAP: Common APIs?

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  • From: tpassin@home.com
  • To: KenNorth <KenNorth@email.msn.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 09:03:02 -0400

Ken North wrote -
> << an SQL example, if I ask
> select employee_name, employee_age from employee
> I don't have to know the data type >>
> That's because a CREATE TABLE statement defined the types for
> and employee_age. You are implicitly using those types unless you cast the
> results to another type.

That's true, but ***I*** don't necessarily have to know the types.  Haven't
you run queries against other people's databases?  You may never have seen
the data definition statements, you may never know if a number is stored as
an integer, a long integer, or some decimal encoding, nor a string as a long
varchar.  Yet you can often get usable results.  Not always, I agree, but
surprisingly often.


Tom Passin


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