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   Re: [xml-dev] The use of XML syntax in XML Query

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Muench" <Steve.Muench@oracle.com>
To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>;
<xml-dev@lists.xml.org>; "Jonathan Robie" <jonathan.robie@softwareag.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] The use of XML syntax in XML Query

> | I think the XML database world needs a single query language that can be
> | used without extra layers of DOM, SAX, Java, or XSLT to do everyday tasks.
> | And I think that the few features of XQuery that have not been taken into
> | XPath 2.0, such as function definitions and element constructors, are
> | extremely useful for everyday tasks.
> Some vendors are pursuing multiple XML querying *syntax* strategies
> due to the needs of their customers. The XQuery effort in
> the W3C and the SQLX effort (www.sqlx.org) are both multi-vendor
> groups pursuing syntaxes that various constituencies will
> find palatable.

Well, the SQLX group seems to moving partiulcarly slowly. In the past year all
I've seen come from them are a press release or two and a fairly cumbersome
document that describes mappings from SQL types to XML types
which seems to contain some information based pre-recommendation version XML

I assume that since IBM and Oracle are members of SQLX, we're going to see the
creation of an XMLType in SQLX and extensions to SQL that allow one to perform
XPath queries over XMLType columns. Since MSFT and Sybase are also on the SQLX
board, I wonder if they will adopt similar a XMLType construct (I know that
SQL Server has none but know not off Sybase) and if so whether they'll stick
to alowing queries in a subset of Xpath 1.0 / Xpath 2.0 or even XQuery?

Interesting times...

Reminds me of OODBMSs and RDBMSs all over again with all the object-relational
hoopla.that sprung up around that.

[0] Document refers to xsd:timeDuration and xsd::timeInstant types.

I will not grow a goatee. In the old days they made you look diabolic. Now
they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X.

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