Re: automatically generate a website out of a database using parameters

Discussion in 'XML' started by lkrubner@geocities.com, Dec 8, 2004.

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    XML is a datastore, just as Oracle or MySql are datastores. Oracle and
    MySql have API's that help you get information into and out of their
    datastores, but ultimately they are datastores just like XML. You can
    use a flat file as your database, even for very complicated missions.
    Some of the biggest database services in the world are run from flat
    files. For instance, Lexis/Nexis, which has huge databases on law and
    news, runs their services from flat files. The Lexis division keeps a
    separate flat file for each state (it tracks court rulings from the 50
    states of America). Lexis was using a proprietary markup for its flat
    file database, developed in the 1960s, but it has recently switched to
    XML. A close friend of mine was the lead on the conversion project, so
    I know some of the details.

    If you have a flat file like XML and you put it on a server that has
    enough RAM to keep the whole thing in memory at once and then you write
    a bunch of code to deal with inserts and transactions and selects, you
    will find that in a short time you've written your own database API for
    your XML datastore.

    It doesn't matter (or at least, from what you've said, it is not clear
    to me) where you store your data, you can format that data using style
    sheets after it is pulled out of whatever datastore you choose to use.
     
    , Dec 8, 2004
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