Why self describing data formats:

Anne & Lynn Wheeler lynn at garlic.com
Sat Jun 9 15:39:33 EDT 2007

http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aadsm27.htm#24 Why self describing data formats:

for other archaeological trivia ... later i transferred from the science center
to SJR and got to do some of the work on the original relational/sql implementation,

a few years later, the "L" in GML also transferred to SJR and worked on relational,
included being involved in the development of of BLOBS (Binary Large OBjectS) 
for relational.

roll forward a few yrs to the acm (database) sigmod conference in san jose in
the early 90s. In one of the sessions, somebody raised the question about what
was all this X.500 and X.509 stuff going on in ISO ... and there was somebody
from the audience that explained how it was a bunch of networking engineers 
trying to re-invent 1960s database technology.

today ... you can periodically find heated online discussion about XML "databases"
and whether they compromise the purity of information integrity that you get
from the relational paradigm. lots of past posts mentioning various things about
system/r, relational database technology, etc

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