The new OracleWebDAV standard will allow Oracle to compete with Microsoft
as a desktop database for the storage of Microsoft Office objects, including
MS-Word documents and Excel spreadsheets..
The OracleWebDAV standard is a standard Internet protocol lets you
implement a remote filing system. WebDAV is extremely exciting for the
desktop because it will allow the contents of an Oracle database to appears
to be an ordinary .doc or .xls file to MS-Office.
As you may know, Microsoft Office 11 (now in beta) will be heavily reliant
on XML formats for MS-Word, MS-Excel and other MS-Office products. Because
Microsoft is adopting the XML standard, Oracle is in a position to leverage
their WebDAV product to store XML information inside Oracle database instead
of flat files.
Personally, I use an MS-DOS version of the UNIX grep utility because it is
sometimes difficult in MS-Windows to locate a document that contains a
specific text string.
By storing MS-Office documents and spreadsheets inside Oracle, MS-Office
users will be able to invoke powerful retrieval tools, and MS-Office users
will be able to use SQL string-matching commands to quickly locate their
documents and spreadsheets.
Andy Mendelsohn, the senior VP of server technologies at Oracle, states in
an interview with searchdatabase ?In Oracle , we have now an integrated
SQL and XML database, so you can store both relational data and XML data, or
you can have combinations of the two. Oracle can natively store XML
documents, and then we can extend SQL with what we call SQLX. It basically
extends the SQL language to be able to understand and search XML documents
as well. And we use XPath, the standard traversal language for XML
For the full story, including a great interview with Oracle?s Andy
Mendelsohn, see the full article on Searchdatabase.com: