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   Simple XML Data Manipulation Language (SiXDML) for Apache Xindice Announ

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I am happy to announce the first version of the Simple XML Data Manipulation
Language (SiXDML) for the
Apache Xindice native XML database.

SiXDML was designed to create a common syntax and semantics for performing
tasks most often
required of XML repositories. SiXDML consists of two parts; a data
definition and manipulation
language inspired by SQL and an application programming interface based on
the XML:DB Database API.

The SiXDML language is similar to SQL and DL/I in that it is a combination
data definition and data
manipulation language for XML databases. The SiXDML language is designed to
be easily understood by
programmers and non-programmers alike, internet-aware, and combine a minimum
of complexity with
a maximum of functionality while being straight-forward to implement. SiXDML
aims to plug the hole
that currently exists for a data manipulation language that allows one to
query and update XML
documents while also providing a means to perform database management

More details about SiXDML including the source code for the Xindice
implementation as well as the
presentation from the First VLDB Workshop on Efficiency and Effectiveness of
XML Tools, and
Techniques (EEXTT2002) can be found on Source Forge at
and http://sourceforge.net/projects/sixdml

You can try out the SiXDML demo at

Also visit the XML:DB Initiative page at http://www.xmldb.org/sixdml/ and
consider joining the SiXDML
development list, sixdml-dev@xmldb.org. To subscribe to the SiXDML mailing
list, send a message to
sixdml-dev-request@xmldb.org with the word subscribe in the body

It should be noted that the Xindice version of SiXDML is primarily intended
to serve as a
reference implementation from which other implementations can take their


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