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XQuery from the Experts: A Guide to the W3C XML Query Language by Philip Wadler, Jim Tivy, Jérôme Siméon, Michael Rys, Jonathan Robie, Michael Kay, Mary Fernández, Denise Draper, Don Chamberlin, Howard Katz - Editor

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Chapter 8. A Native XML DBMS

Jim Tivy

The term “native XML database” is not a precise technical term, and different people define it in different ways. Essentially, it refers to a database designed specifically for the storage and retrieval of XML documents, and the term is used to contrast such a system with a database that merely provides an XML interface to data whose intrinsic data model is something different. In the early days of relational databases, every database vendor tried to jump on the relational bandwagon by selling their old products with a new relational veneer. The relational purists responded with a set of criteria that distinguished a true relational database from one that was merely dressed up to look like one.

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