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Enterprise Application Integration With XML and Java™ by Bill la Forge, JP Morgenthal

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6.2. Modeling Spectrum

When mapping information from traditional (e.g., relational, object-oriented) data models to XML, there is no single right answer. Instead, there is a spectrum of potential approaches. At one end of the spectrum is the custom mapping of individual pieces of information from the database into a "pre-ordained" schema (e.g., an industry standard interchange format). This approach implies significant custom code to perform the mappings between the two loosely coupled schema (that of the database and that of the pre-ordained schema).

At the other end of the spectrum is a "data-dump" of the entire contents of a database with the intention of re-constituting the database with all of its relationships and data intact. This approach ...

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