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[nycphp-talk] Many pages: one script

Edward Potter edwardpotter at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 17:15:56 EDT 2007


I think the scary reality is that those banks and CC companies are
generally managing all their database  needs with some abstracted
Cobol.  It does the job.  Everyone's afraid to touch it. And the folks
that built it died years ago.  yipes!

:-)  ed

On 8/8/07, Kenneth Downs <ken at secdat.com> wrote:
> 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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