An XML database is analogous to a "pure data" database

An XML document is the analog of a table
XML Entities are analogs of columns
XML Attributes are analogs of column properties (aren't these "metadata"?)

Not sure there is much more metadata in an XML database than in a data

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Carp" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "MikeParton" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; "Peter Lovatt"
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 9:14 PM
Subject: RE: XML

> > On the other hand, proclaimed "native" XML databases (eg, Software AG's
> > Tamino, Ixiasoft's TEXTML) store the "XML-wrapped" data in the
> > need to wrap and unwrap the metadata, document/data structure from the
> Isn't that more than a bit stupid?  Databases are for storing data, not
metadata.  Ask Monty why he doesn't store data natively as
> XML.  Short answer: it's stupid, unless all you ever want to see from your
database is XML-wrapped data and never want to see it any
> other way.
> The whole world isn't XML, nor should it be.  40+ years of working with
data tells us that you ALWAYS want to store data in its
> simplest form.
> sql,db,mysql
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