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Microsoft releases XQuery Demo to the Web


I wanted to let you know that Microsoft has released to the Web, XQuery
Demo, their implementation of the June 7th version of the W3C XML Query
Working Draft  http://www.w3.org/TR/xquery/. XQuery is a data model for
XML documents, a set of query operators on that data model, and a query
language based on these query operators being developed as an open
standard within the W3C. Microsoft, and many other industry leaders,
believe that XML Query development is the evolution of XML technologies.
As XML has made data ubiquitously interoperable, XML Query makes that
data openly accessible.

We are releasing this demo to give developers early access to this
emerging technology and drive feedback from them on our API
implementation and the current XQuery specification. Microsoft is
strongly committed to open standards and making those standards
available to the developer community. This demo is part of our ongoing
effort to support that position. We are planning to integrate XQuery
into a wide range of our products (including our XML support for SQL
Server and our .NET Framework classes).

The Microsoft XQuery Demo is available as a Web-based tool or a
download. The Web-based tool can be used to let users execute XQuery
against a specific set of documents. The downloaded version of the
Microsoft XQuery Demo consists of managed classes that can be programmed
against using the Beta 2 release of the .Net Framework SDK. The
Microsoft XQuery Demo contains all the classes necessary to run XQuery
over arbitrary XML documents and to utilize the XQuery language in
developing programs. These classes are designed to integrate into the
existing .NET Framework

The Microsoft XQuery Demo is available on 15 Aug 2001
at<>.  You can find more
information about XML Query on the W3C website

Mark Fussell - Program Manager, Core XML technologies.

Also in conjunction with Michael Rys - Program Manager, SQL Server XML