8.8 Further Enhancements

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This demonstration is really just a first step toward useful XML storage in relational databases. Keep an eye on http://www.rgedwards.com/ for news of future developments, such as a full DOM API for the repository. Aside from the benefits of being able to use DOM methods to manipulate large documents stored in the repository, this development will also allow us to support XSLT processing. A DOM API will allow us to render XML documents stored in the repository without first having to serialize them, and (since they are also XML) the XSLT stylesheets themselves can be stored alongside them. Clearly, this will be much slower than processing XML and XSLT files loaded into memory, but for large documents it will be a viable alternative.


Part IV: Applications of XML