Berkeley DB XML is exciting to me for multiple reasons. Text data is appealing (as you’ll realize
as you read The Definitive Guide to Berkeley DB XML), and I crave technologies that make it easy
to work with. XML is attractive for its flexibility, XPath for its intuitive elegance, XSLT for its declarative
nature, and so on. I know full well that XML didn’t break new technical ground or invent
something we didn’t already have. I don’t care about that. What XML did was to convince an industry
to use it—and to use it everywhere. Ca
ll it hype; call it The Man. The bottom line is that I now
have an astonishing array of tools and technologies, all compatible, to work with data as I like.