XML is an emerging technology and it is getting developed every day,
getting better, cheaper and more user friendly. Database system is the present
day choice for dynamic websites. In future we can expect to see more XML-Based
Databases that exist on the market.
There are classifications of Databases based on generally function or
the data model of the database. Analytic and operational Database are the two
databases categorized by the function of these databases. Analytic databases
store data to build up statistics and usually cannot be modified, this data is used to analyze,
show a pattern or to create an inventory catalogs. In case of Operational
database the data can be modified.
Based on the data model Databases are extremely divided in six classes.
Client/server database, object oriented database,relational database, network database,
hierarchical database and flat-file database.
The main difference between XML and Relational Database.
XML unlike database can be read by both humans and machines.
In the XML system, the data is stored as XML Schema of the data. To get
the targeted data the entire file memory is to be accessed using XML query languages such as Xpath or
XQuery. The data is stored in the database, in case of Database system. The
database management engine looks up for the query requested by the user and
sends it as a reply. The ease of user to access data is higher in case of
The complex applications and data structures requires a Database which
unlike XML has lots of options and features.
When a webmaster should prefer one or another solution when building dynamic website? What are the pros and cons of
A dynamic website is a one that provides different content to different
users. That is the user can choose the content of the website, getting a live
In case of a dynamic website as the webpage content changes with user
interaction the huge volume of data is used as is needed. The complexity of
data retrieval and huge volume makes Database as an ideal choice. However,
dynamic sites which have a smaller data to work with, XML file system can be
In case of Dynamic websites the retrieval of huge amount of data is much
faster from Database instead of the XML filing system.
Though the data in the Database gets altered when we upgrade or change
the platform and software, it doesn’t affect data in the XML file system. Therefore,
the dynamic website remains future proof with the XML filing system.
It is easy to convert XML to different data types such as HTML, PDF,
etc. This is not easily possible in the database system. If the dynamic website
requires transfer of data then XML filing system should be the answer.
The option of using Database or XML file systems depends on lots of criteria
on the part of the user. However, the biggest deciding factor is the amount of
data that is to be handled. If the data that is to be stored and queried is
small and the number of users less then the XML filing system is the chosen option.
However, with huge data handling Database is the suitable system.
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