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Re: [xml-dev] Re: [ubl-dev] Top 10 uses of XML in 2007

Stephen Green wrote:
> It's interesting then to see how Open Office implements
> its Base database. Internally it's just an SQL insert statement
> with some XML metadata. But of course it's zipped. At runtime
> it is made to look and act as a relational database but it is just
> text serialised and deserialised, it seems. Not sure what means
> in terms of the discussion. If there were nothing to it more than
> that it's a wonder all RDBMS databases don't do this. Surely
> they use binary for a reason other than to be fashionable.

I suspect OpenOffice's database is relatively low performance for small 
data sets. Real heavyweight databases like Oracle and DB2 play all sorts 
of tricks with file layouts to optimize queries and indexes, up to and 
including writing their own file systems and perhaps even disk drivers. 
Storing terabytes of data is not nearly as hard a problem as searching 
terabytes of data. The performance needs of search completely swamp any 
concerns with small size for your typical oracle or DB2 or Mark Logic 

Of course not everyone has such large amounts of data, which is why we 
have products like Cloudscape or Derby for smaller uses. I'm not 
familiar with OpenOffice's database but it sounds like it's suitable for 
small projects only, which is fine. I certainly wouldn't want to have to 
install Oracle to manage my checkbook. :-)

´╗┐Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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