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   RE: [xml-dev] XML-enabled databases, XQuery APIs

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And that makes sense.   I have this mental image of a 
2D table pasted to a wall and each cell map to a brick.  
If you walk behind the wall, you see little trees growing 
behind some of the bricks.
Use the relational index to find the tree in the 
forest.  Use XPath or XQuery to walk the tree 
fetch a leaf or saw off a branch.

Thanks Ron.


From: Ronald Bourret [mailto:rpbourret@rpbourret.com]

Another way to think about all of this is that the XML data type is the 
exposed tip of a native XML database embedded inside a relational database.

Clear as mud?

-- Ron

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> I don't understand this nearly well enough.   In a 
> relational database, what are the characteristics 
> of an "XML type"?

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