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   RE: [xml-dev] New Infoworld article on XML and relational databases

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SQL/XML as in ISO/ANSI SQL-2003 is a couple of components:

1. The XML Datatype
	We support this in Yukon/2005
2. The publishing functions (XMLElement, XMLAgg etc)
	We currently do not support them in 2005 (I will at some point
      Why), but we support similar functionality since SQL Server 2000
      form of our rowset aggregator called FOR XML (see

      for examples on how it is easier and nicer in 2005 than either the
      explicit mode or the publishing functions).
3. A table and meta data mapping for relational data into XML:
      We support some of the options for data mapping as part of our FOR

Given the timeline of the product planning (late 2000/early 2001), the
standard being done in 2003, existing functionality, resources etc., we
decided to not provide 2 in Yukon, but will consider adding what our
customers are demanding and where we can deliver value in upcoming

So the correct answer is that we partially support that spec. The
question whether Sean misinterpreted the name of our mid-tier SQLXML
component (that existed before there was the name SQL/XML coined for the
ANSI stuff), I don't know. I certainly gave him the information above.

Best regards

PS: Ken, I know you have this information already, just rewind your tape
:-). Or is the water cooler noise garbling it :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken North [mailto:kennorth@sbcglobal.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 4:26 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Cc: Michael Rys; Jonathan Robie
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] New Infoworld article on XML and relational
> databases
> > I was just sent a copy of this 10-page article, which discusses XML
> > support in IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database 10g, and
> > Sybase ASE:
> >
> > http://www.infoworld.com/pdf/special_report/2004/17SRxml.pdf
> At the bottom of page 38 of Sean McCown's article is a table labelled
> Essentials". Under the column "Supports SQL/XML", he has a "Yes" for
> of the
> products, including SQL Server 2000.  Is he confusing Microsoft SQLXML
> with
> the functions in the SQL:2003 standard?
> > You may want to check out my reply at
> http://sqljunkies.com/WebLog/mrys/archive/2004/06/10/3036.aspx
> Looking at your blog reply, his Yukon sidebar, and your TechEd
> presentation
> ("XML In The Database"), it still isn't obvious what Yukon will offer
> terms
> of the SQL:2003 functions (xmlagg(),  xmlconcat(), etc.).


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