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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: XML and the Relational Model

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At 07:53 PM 8/26/2003, dbexlist wrote:
>I mean database in the academic sense, as defined by Knuth and by Codd, as 
>a set of data with specific characteristics not the least of which is n-tuples.

I don't think academics associate Knuth with any definition of databases. I 
believe you are referring to Codd's definition of the relational model, and 
I would be surprised if Codd ever said that a database using a different 
model can not be called a database. Textbooks used to teach undergrads 
about databases generally discuss several different database models, not 
just the relational one. These days, they may contain a section on XML 

But by your definition, only a relational database is a database.

>I think most people here mean a data group when they use the word database.

Most people here are not using your terminology.



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