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Test Driving MarkLogic 4.0 XML Server

Test Driving MarkLogic 4.0 XML Server
By Kurt Cagle
November 23, 2008

XML databases have long been something of a niche category in the database world, trying with varying degrees of success to provide the level of ease and accessibility for semi-structured content that is a hallmark of SQL databases, while at the same time providing as much of the sophisticated processing that XPath enables for stand-alone documents. The need is certainly there – a significant amount of the total "data" in the world does not necessarily fall neatly into Ted Codd's relational table structures without significant shredding – yet XML databases have had a hard road to acceptance, in great part because each one offered their own (typically very distinct) mechanism for getting at that data.

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