Subject Re: [IB-Java] interclient and blobs
Author David Jencks
My impression is that blobs in interclient 2 work fine with firebird and
interbase 6. Generally you want to use jdk 1.3 and recompile at least the
java portion of interclient.

I assume by "bury xml within the database" you are planning to put xml text
of some sort in blob fields? I can't see any problem with this, I have only
a philosophical comment.

Xml provides the ability to easily construct hierarchical structures, which
are often very convenient. However, they have the disadvantage that
queries usually require knowing something about the access path to the data
you are interested in. Limitations with this model were perhaps the main
motivating force in developing the relational database model. So if you
are planning to put data you need to query in the xml, you have two levels
of problems:
1. You can't use relational query operations because the data is in a blob
2. You can't use relational query operations because the data is in an xml

If you don't need to extract any information from your xml, the foregoing
is irrelevant.

david jencks

On 2001.05.31 16:34:48 -0400 wsurowiec2001@... wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to use a blob in Interbase from within a java client. I am
> running interclient 1.6 for ib 5.6. Of course (otherwise why would I
> write) it does not work, it is not yet available. Any thing I can do
> to help bring it into existence?
> By the way, I'm looking to bury xml within the database. Anybody care
> to comment (dummy, don't do that, hooray, have you thought about,
> etc)?
> Bill
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