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Chapter 10. XML Server > Dedicated XML Server

Dedicated XML Server

The solution to these three problems (static data, bandwidth inefficiency, and security) is to generate the XML from an active process on the server rather than a file. One method is an XML server. XML servers are database management systems that function entirely in XML. Choosing a single record from a bunch of records stored on an XML server is natural and simple. And even though XML servers have great promise, they are just beginning to develop presence. Enthusiasts and early adopters are testing the merits of the concept, and there are many competing systems. Many companies hope to be the Oracle of the next wave, and there are open-source projects as well, such as the 4Thought suite and Apache's Cocoon project.

Experts who know the commercial systems favor Ixiasoft software and especially Resin from Caucho.com. While these tools are sturdy, they do involve risk. This is a rapidly shifting market. Until dedicated XML servers like these are more commonly deployed on the Internet landscape, we will work with more traditional tools.


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