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   Re: RE: [xml-dev] XML/RDF

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On Mon, 2002-11-04 at 22:08, Mike Champion wrote:
> 11/4/2002 3:42:56 PM, Eric van der Vlist <vdv@dyomedea.com> wrote:
> >
> >RDF and its triples is really lightweight when you have the right tools
> >to manipulate them. I like to think of them as a RDBMS whith a variable
> >geometry: each "row" (ie each subject) can have a variable number of
> >columns (properties). It's like a RDBMS which you could populate before
> >having writen any schema, that's really very flexible and it's just a
> >matter of using the right tool. When I use such a tool, I have a feeling
> >of RDBMS without its straitjacket :-) ...
> That's a very nice metaphor!  Not wanting to steal your trade secrets, :-)
> but what are examples of "the right tool" here?

More or less any RDF databases. 

Some of them are limited in the features of their query language (for
instance you can't do grouping or compute aggregates with rdfDB) and my
current preference goes to 4Suite for its query language (named versa)
which is less intuitive than others when you come from SQL but has lots
of features.

See you in Baltimore.
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
(W3C) XML Schema ISBN:0-596-00252-1 http://oreilly.com/catalog/xmlschema


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