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From Gianugo Rabellino <>
Subject [vote] XML:DB stuff
Date Mon, 03 Dec 2001 10:16:12 GMT

I'd like to have your opinion about adding XML:DB stuff ad a default 
component to the HEAD version of Cocoon. Given that there's been a lot 
of talk about this API lately, and given also that Xindice is going to 
come up shortly as an Apache project, I start to think that having the 
XML:DB components compiled in by default will add visibility to this 
newcomer in the Apache XML arena and let people play with it, possibly 
contributing code. This would also avoid the risk of having sources out 
of sync with the Cocoon development since the sources would be monitored 
daily by the automatic build process.

Adding the XML:DB stuff would mean adding the xmldb.jar to the lib 
directory: since the archive sums up to only 9K I don't see this as an 
issue. Of course one would still need a concrete implementation (such as 
dbXML/Xindice, eXist or Ozone) to make it work (as with JDBC) but at 
least the components would be there to play with.

Let me know your opinion: here is my +1.

Another issue, given that we would have a pseudo-protocol to work with, 
is about removing the XML:DB Generators from the code base: an XML:DB 
database can be queried as of now via a generic FileGenerator, so there 
is no need for them anymore as separate components. I don't know 
actually if there is anyone using those Generators, but if this has to 
be done I think that it should be done now.


Gianugo Rabellino

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