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   Re: [xml-dev] Which is better (for medical data)?

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On Fri, 18 Oct 2002, Elizabeth Hinson wrote:

> Hello XML experts,
> I'm involved in a project to develop a medical database for clinical
> images. We are considering Filemaker 6.0 (which is for the
> non-professional, much like Access, but has the ability to export and
> import XML). I understand all the big guys too handle XML. But someone
> told me that XML itself CAN be used as a database. Then I heard about
> "Native XML Databases" or NXDs. But reading further I got confused.
> There seem to be 2 camps: those in favor of traditional databases with
> XML support, and the pure XML folks.
> What would you recommend? Which is better (for medical data)?
> Native XML database
> or
> XML-enabled relational database?
> Thanks a lot!
> Elizabeth
> (An XML newbie)

Hello Elizabeth.

You didn't mention what you wanted to do with the XML. If you are
considering Filemaker already and it meets your needs, stick with it.

I am working with a number of others on a forthcoming book:

"XML Data Management: Native XML and XML-Enabled Database Systems"

Another book to look at is:

"Designing XML Databases" by Mark Graves

The focus of Mark's book is using existing Relational technology and he
covers several approaches to managing XML. Nice gentle read IMHO.

If performance is an issue, I have a list of XML benchmarks that I

Scroll down to near the bottom of the page.

I've also helped with a couple of workshops where we've had good papers
published covering issues of storage, performance, etc. Proceedings will
be published soon. Some web pages:

"EDBT 2002 Workshop on XML-Based Data Management"

"VLDB 2002 Workshop on Efficiency and Effectiveness of XML Tools, and

"Web Databases 2002"

You can try your hand at an Open Source NXD, such as Xindice from Apache.
I recently published an article on dW:

Far better to try for yourself, rather than just reading about it IMHO.


Akmal B. Chaudhri
Zone Editor, Special Projects (Eclipse, Grid, Web Services)
IBM developerWorks - http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks/
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