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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 8. XML and Databases

Most likely, the majority of today’s computer experts and students would associate the idea of a database with a relational database. Since their introduction in the early 1970s, relational databases have gained an extraordinary success. Relational databases have grown so steadily and progressively that along the way they’ve lost the qualifying adjective relational and become the only commonly accepted way to design a database.

Today, relational databases like Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Oracle 9i, and IBM DB2 are the favorite tools for storing and working with data. Modern databases do a lot of things, but what a (relational) database still does best is store data. Relational databases won out over other data models ...

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