Strange Problem with XML and VBScript

In one of my recent posts, I brought up the subject of using XML files as opposed to databases. When we released the referenced application to the public and began using it, I encountered a strange problem that took me the better part of the morning to solve.

After the first new news release was posted, which included an amazing amount of text and HTML code (the meat of the news release was two extremely long lists – broken into four-column tables – of award recipients). Once the release was posted, the script that accessed the XML files began timing out every time I tried to access the page. Of course, because the news release was posted almost immediately after making the page live, I had no idea what was actually causing the timeouts.