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How popular is XML in Corporate Portals?

By tawhittle ·
My company is looking at starting to manage our company database with XML, and I'm in charge of researching software. Are their any alternatives? How popular is XML with portals? I've found a few companies that specialize in this, like Sequoia Software. Is anyone using them?

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by gordon In reply to How popular is XML in Cor ...

My company is also in the throes of finding out about XML. The alternative, from many years ago, is a standard called ANSI 12, which supposedly was a standard for companies wanting to exchange data electronicly. It was never very popular b/c it was hard to implement. XML seems to be much cleaner and rides on top of a proven technology (HTML). Finding people to program in this should be relatively easy. Intelligent Enterprise magazine had an article and a buyer's guide on this about six months ago. Good luck-> Gordon

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by robertc In reply to How popular is XML in Cor ...

It depends on what you intend to use XML for. If it's as a kind of EDI or data exchange format, it's getting increasingly popular quickly. For EDI there has been two different major specifications in the past - EDIFACT in Europe and ANSI X12 in the U.S. Now there's a standard DTD for XML under development that is intended to do just about everything the former two can do.

XML is also very useful as a format to package and exchange objects in n-tier applications. Several of the latest database products - especially those from Oracle and IBM - can handle XML data readily.

If your intended use is for managing web pages, it's a no-brainer. There are many sites whose pages are built in XML, but that are converted to HTML through a DTD before it gets to the browser. This allows for quick changes in layout and look and feel, and also to accomodate various browsers with different feature sets.

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