19.451 relational database and TEI

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 06:07:21 +0000

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         Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 06:02:52 +0000
         From: Joris van Zundert <joris.van.zundert_at_gmail.com>
         Subject: Re: 19.445 relational database and TEI

Hmmm... this lures me into quoting from Slashdot
(<http://Slashdot.org>Slashdot.org's tagline reads 'News for nerds,
stuff that matters.'):

>Re:XML database
>(Score:4, Insightful)
>by Oscaro (153645) on Wednesday November 23, @08:05AM (#14099406)
>Talking about native XML databases... My company can't find a decent
>one, preferably open source.
>>That's probably because an XML database is NOT a decent idea. XML is NOT
>>meant to be used as a way to store data! Rather, it's a way to
>>communicate data between entities.
>>Sadly, XML is a one of those words that have the magic power to make
>>marketing people happy. So they put it everywhere. If that doesn't work,
>>hey just put more.

I agree. I used both XML- and object-databases. They barely work...
I'd almost say they don't, And they certainly have lousy performance.

Kind regards,
Joris van Zundert

On 11/26/05, Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty
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           Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 08:41:17 +0000
           From: Eric Haswell <<mailto:ehaswell_at_gmail.com>ehaswell_at_gmail.com >

Another option you may wish to consider for this project is a native
XML database such as eXist
(<http://www.exist-db.org>http://www.exist-db.org ). Given the highly
granular nature of the markup this could be a good fit. With a native
XML database, the XML file is the database record, so you avoid all
the headaches that come with having to 'shred' your data to make it
fit the data-centric model of a relational database system. Just drop
the XML source into the database and it is ready for querying with


Eric Haswell
University of Victoria
Humanities Computing and Media Centre

Mr. Joris J. van Zundert (MA)
Huygens Institute
Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences
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