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Jon Udell : The Document is the Database

It's handy that the "database" is a self-contained package that can be updated using any text editor, emailed, read directly from a file system, or served by any web server. But it's awkward to share the work of updating with other people or to isolate and edit parts of the file as it grows. When we convert to a database-backed web application in order to solve these problems, we trade away the convenience of the file-oriented approach. Can we have our cake and eat it too?

I am experimenting with something like this for the shiny new weblog format (yeah, yeah, I know the public identifier is wrong.) My concern, right now, is how painful it will be to generate index files for categories parsing ~ 5000 files with File::Find::Rule::XPath.

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Dan Brickley : Identifying things in FOAF ←  → Joan Starr : "To the uninitiated, the development of a metadata standard might appear to be a passionless occupation."