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RE: Another "Against the Grain" column on XML
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: David Brownell <firstname.lastname@example.org>, xml-dev <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 12:27:43 -0500
Not odd but true, now that we have these giant
relational databases with QBE, forms etc., we
find we have to put browser technology in it
and use a document model for a more intuitive
interface because forms are great for data
entry but lousy for navigation and presentation.
Somewhere in all that is the pony.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: David Brownell [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Note the assumption there: XML being used for highly regular
information models. Yet I thought the real strength of XML was
in situations where such regular models were atypical ... yes, folk
from database-intensive worlds say there are few such situations,
but that doesn't match my observation.
Folk used to using an RDBMS as their hammer may view the
world as a set of nail relations, post-normalization. I think it's
got a lot more richness than that, actually ... :)