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   Re: [xml-dev] are native XML databases needed?

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I don't think you can argue that traditional relational databases, with 
no change, are adequate for XML. Most relational database vendor are 
trying to make their database suitable for storing XML, and adding XML 
views of their relational data.

But there's a variety of implementations and models for storing XML, and 
a lot of innovation is still going on.

In the long run, I think many people will be using XQuery and XML. 
Sometimes the storage will be basically relational with XML extensions, 
sometimes it will be basically XML with extensions to optimize typical 
XQuery operations. But the queries will look rather similar in either 
case, and vendors of relational databases and native XML databases will 
be working hard on solving many of the same problems.

For now, XML databases do seem to be a niche market. People are very 
conservative when it comes to changing their database technology...



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