I have never understod why we want to store hierachical data in a
relational DB
it simply doesn't make sense.

Trying to fetch/&select data out of such database based on XPATH in the
structure will cause a huge processing overload.

On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 2:11 PM, Bradley Stone <bvstone@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

There's a difference between storing it as the original data (as a record
of what you received) and storing it to use for all interaction with the
data. That's what the reference was.

But I strongly agree stream files vs BLOB/CLOB for storage is the way to


On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 1:48 AM, Henrik Rützou <hr@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Weel If you use XML or JSON to send business documents like an
invoice many countries laws require you to store the recieved data
in the original format.

However using BLOB or CLOB in DB2 is a bad idear:

a. how do you display or edit a XML of JSON document in a BLOB/CLOB
field? There are no simple editors!

b. How do you copy a BLOB/CLOB field from one row to another?

c. how do you handle different Unicode codepages like UTF-8 or UTF-16

d. Over time the DB table with BLOB/CLOB storage extension will grow
in size.

It is much easier to store the received data in IFS files and then store
the file name in a DB2 field.

One can structure ones IFS files in dir's e.g. per year or per
document type.

All PC tools will work directly on IFS files, none will work on BLOB/CLOB

This is not only for XML/JSON but also for binary data such as JPEG,

On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 5:37 AM, Bradley Stone <bvstone@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I couldn't agree more about XML, JSON, <whatever it is next week> as
transport vs storage.

The only thing I can think of why you would store in JSON vs a RDB is
because it's "hip". Wow.. that made me sound older than I am.. haha.


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