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Comment Native XML Databases (Score 4, Informative) 276

I recently wrote an introduction to native XML databases article for xml.com. My main point there and it applies to this discussion too, is that native XML databases are a tool like any other. For some jobs they're right and for some they're not. I've been working on the technology in the form of dbXML for about a year and a half and in some cases it's great and in others it really stinks. It's all about the right tool for the job.

It's easy to dismiss a new database technology as irrelevant because of the dominance of the RDBMS, but you should really learn more about it and when it is appropriate and when it's not. It's not going to replace relational, and isn't intended to. Here's a few links where you can learn more beyond what's available on Ronald Bourret's site mentioned in the original post.

The XML:DB Initiative
The dbXML Project (open source native XML database) Soon to become an Apache XML project named Xindice
eXist (another open source native XML database)

My blog on the subject.
Kimbro Staken

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