XML vs. rel DBs [was: Re: [nycphp-talk] Many pages: one script]

David Krings ramons at
Wed Aug 8 10:24:49 EDT 2007

Elliotte Harold wrote:
> Relational databases didn't take the world by storm overnight. XML 
> databases won't either. But they will be adopted because they do let 
> people solve problems they have today that they cannot solve with any 
> other tools.

My problem is that I don't get paid 500k/year for working 10 hours a 
week with full benefits and 8 weeks paid vacation. Now, show me how to 
fix that with XML databases and dinner is on me, twice even. ;)

The best thing about XML is that it is really is just a flat file and 
everything in it has a beginning and an end. I cannot think of anything 
that one would want to store in XML that cannot be stored in a db and 
that also cannot be stored in a text file with way less overhead. 
Examples are welcome.


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