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From what I've seen the query situation is already pretty much united. Most
vendors use XPath or at worse a superset of XPath for queries and some
vendor-specific solution for updates.
Sure when XQuery is released it is more likely that there won't be any vendor
specific additions for querying but we may be stuck with further
fracturization where some vendors keep using their vendor-specific update
mechanisms while others use XQuery extensions for updates.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ronald Bourret" <email@example.com>
To: "Mike Champion" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2002 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] XSLT and XQuery
> Mike Champion wrote:
> > The Big Issue that I see is
> > roughly what JJ Andersen said elsewhere in this thread:
> > "If XQuery goes ahead without Update, it will become a nice tool, but not
> > a real usefull standard. And we will see independent update semantics
> > emerge from Oracle, IBM, MS etc. and chaos will prevail."
> I'm having a hard time buying this. Right now, all database companies
> have different query *and* update languages. XQuery without update will
> standardize the query half. This is less chaotic than the current
> situation, so I don't see how it's a bad thing.
> Furthermore, in the absence of implementations of XML:DB (or similar
> database-independent API) for any of the major database players --
> native or XML-enabled -- interoperable applications are not possible
> anyway. Thus, even XQuery with updates would be a far from complete
> solution from the app writer's point of view.
> -- Ron
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