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   Re: [xml-dev] After XQuery, are we done?

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On Oct 26, 2004, at 10:02 AM, Hunsberger, Peter wrote:
> Well, you have to serialize and de-serialize, yes, but you may have
> better ways of portraying graph structure.  In particular, id and idref
> gets a little painful if you're trying to do a lot of many to many
> mappings; you really want to normalize out the groupings of idrefs and
> use some  explicit form of sub-graphs.  XML get's fragile very quickly
> when you've got multiple paths through the network, picking the right
> path for any given context requires extra meta-metadata that is hard to
> manage.

I wonder how much of the pain is XML and how much is the encoding of 
your data? For example, if ID/IDREF becomes painful, couldn't you use 
something else? One way or another your application will have to 
interpret the data after all? Just wondering...


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