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Converting NSF data into relational data

What is the suggested approach to fetch data from the Domino's NSF database and convert it into a relational database? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.
There are several approaches:
  1. Build the relational tables and use DECS (Domino Enterprise Connectivity Services) to map the document fields to relational columns.
  2. Consider using a more sophisticated tool like Lotus Enterprise Integrator or third party tools from Percussion, Casahl or Trilog Group.
  3. Build a Java program that accesses Domino data through the Domino Java API and pushes the data to the relational tables using JDBC calls.
  4. Convert the Domino data to XML using DXL and push it through an XML/relational bridge. This approach allows you to be independent of the database (SQL Server, Oracle, DB2).
  5. It is possible that Domino 7 with the DB2 backend may have some additional capabilities in the final version.
All of these approaches more or less work the same way for structured data (non-rich-text fields), but you need more sophisticated tools to convert rich text, attachments, response documents and document metadata using BLOBs or XML data types in newer RDBMS versions.

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