NYCPHP Meetup

[nycphp-talk] Many pages: one script

Kenneth Downs ken at secdat.com
Wed Aug 8 16:43:53 EDT 2007


Elliotte Harold wrote:
> Kenneth Downs wrote:
>
>> A sourceforge project does not a phenomenon make.  I guess when the 
>> banks and airlines have our data in the XML files, and I don't mean a 
>> few hybrid patchwork examples, I mean the hardcore permanent 
>> long-term stuff as well as the transactional support for the 
>> reservations we're making all day.  When that happens, we'll start 
>> picking the restaurants.
>>
>
> I've never said native XML databases will replace the old-school apps 
> like banking accounts that fit relational databases very well. What 
> they will do is enable new applications that simply cannot be built on 
> top of a relational database, applications like Safari (the book site, 
> not the web browser):
>
> http://safari.oreilly.com/
>
> There are others, mostly in publishing because that's the first area 
> where there's a large backlog of information and applications that 
> relational database vendors have been unable to serve. However other 
> companies will come online as they begin to realize they can manage 
> all their data with these tools, not just the the 20% of it that fits 
> neatly into rectangles. Expect to see more uptake in law firms, 
> advertising, media, education, government, and other sectors that have 
> large numbers of critical documents where order matters, duplication 
> is a fact of life, and normalization is not just a bad idea out 
> outright impossible.
>
> The relational model is a very powerful model, but it achieves its 
> power at the cost of restricting what it's possible to store. Other 
> models are needed for other applications.
>
Two words: document management.

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