Post-Relational Databases Flying Under the Radar

June 4, 2008

[From eWeek]

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—In the modern IT world, SQL and XML have become such key components in the database sector that it’s difficult to remember a time when they weren't part of the architectural story.

However, in the late 1960s and early ’70s, database architectures with flexible field sizes, nested tables and loose-data typing options were winning market share and mind share. While these earlier systems lacked the tagging that in many ways defines XML as XML, they behaved in a remarkably similar manner in all other respects.

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