pros/cons of xml database

Corey Edwards tensai at
Wed Aug 25 09:04:37 MDT 2010

On 08/25/2010 08:55 AM, Jonathan Duncan wrote:
> On 25 Aug 2010, at 08:48, Daniel C. wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM, Wade Preston Shearer 
>> <wadeshearer.lists at> wrote:
>>> Wikipedia and Google have come up light on information about XML
>>> databases. What are the reasons that one would choose this
>>> approach?
>> Stupidity? ;-)
>> (Keep in mind my views on XML are about five years out of date.)
> Wade, why are you considering XML?  Or are you just curious?  I have
> heard that Google and Amazon use a non-relational type database.

This is true. They're commonly called NoSQL databases and they address
the difficulty of distributing data. Facebook released Cassandra which
is the only one I can remember off hand, but there are many other good
open source databases. Digg blogged quite a bit about their
implementation. There was a recent FLOSS Weekly episode about Riak,
which is another one:

Back to the OP's question, the logic of an XML database escapes me.
Seems like somebody wanted to score high in buzzword bingo.


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