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Re: Does Codd's view of a relational database differ from that ofDate&Darwin?[M.Gittens]

From: <lauri.pietarinen_at_atbusiness.com>
Date: 3 Jul 2005 22:19:48 -0700
Message-ID: <1120454388.475952.276400@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>


Jan Hidders wrote:
> lauri.pietarinen_at_atbusiness.com wrote:
> > Jan Hidders wrote:
> >>lauri.pietarinen_at_atbusiness.com wrote:
> >>
> >>>Jim Gray said to me once, face to face, that
> >>>"XML might, just might, be THE next Data Model".
> >>
> > Any how, even if he had meant that it was just a fact of
> > life, good or bad, that will XML dominate over RM it still
> > is a strange statement.
>
> Really? Why? I certainly wouldn't exclude that possibility.
>

We could start out by asking what he meant by that statement. Did he mean that database research will focus mainly on XML from now on (which *has* happened a long time ago!), or did he mean that XML will become, as model, more important than the RM (or SQL) for enterprises using databases?

Having used both SQL-based products and XML I find it hard to find anything good or special in XML compared to SQL-based solutions. The XML-emperor has no clothes, or at most some light underware. There is a certain seduction in XML, that you don't have to do your homework beforehand (=data modelling) and you can just start working, but it is as useful as peeing in your pants in the frost. At first you will experience a warm feeling but in the end you will be far worse off.

regards,
Lauri Pietarinen Received on Mon Jul 04 2005 - 00:19:48 CDT

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