Funny how things develop. I was planning to go to the Ronald Bourret’s XML-DBMS session at OSCON (yes! I’m going!). Mr. Bourret maintains what I’ve found to be fundamental articles about transferring data between relational databases and XML documents, and I was really looking forward to his talk. But then I stumbled into gnat’s mention of Allison’s talk at OSCON, and the broken links there got me wondering: who is this Alison and what is her talk? So I found it: Tagmemics. As a linguist and Perl nut, how can I pass this up? Then I took a closer look at the description for the XML-DBMS talk and it seems to focus on Java. So I can pass on that and learn something new!