Volume 2

Volume 2, Number 19

March 30, 2004

10 pages575 K bytes

XML Technologies and/or Relational Databases: A Classroom Experience

Ahmad Abuhejleh
University of Wisconsin River Falls
River Falls, WI 54022

Abstract: Extensible Markup Language (XML) is rapidly emerging as the standard for exchanging business data on the World Wide Web. For the foreseeable future, however, most business data will continue to be stored in relational database systems. This paper discusses the emergence of XML and the benefits of its use in conjunction with relational database management systems in the development of web applications in information systems courses. The author will begin with a brief overview of the application and its architecture and will then discuss the various XML technologies that have been used (XSL, XSLT, XML Schema, and XQuery), as well as the experiences with each. The author will explore the relationship between native XML databases and relational databases. Finally, the author will discuss whether XML technologies are robust enough to completely replace relational systems and the benefits/detriments of such a replacement.

Keywords: XML databases, relational databases, XSL, XSLT, XQuery, XML technologies

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Recommended Citation: Abuhejleh (2004). XML Technologies and/or Relational Databases: A Classroom Experience. Information Systems Education Journal, 2 (19). http://isedj.org/2/19/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2003: §3231. ISSN: 1542-7382.)