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   RE: [xml-dev] Hello XQuery ... Goodbye XSLT?

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Title: RE: [xml-dev] Hello XQuery ... Goodbye XSLT?

Michael Champion wrote:
> Anyway, I would like hear from people who have strong feelings about
> whether XSLT meets their needs and XQuery doesn't or vice versa,
> whether SQL-XML will eventually eat XQuery's lunch  in database
> scenarios, and what people plan do with XQuery *besides" use it as a
> database query language.

Ronald Bourret wrote:
> Me, too, especially SQL/XML.

I'd too like to hear more about the merits and demerits of SQL/XML.

I find SQL/XML hits the sweet spot for me. Currently I need to interrogate a single relational schema in order to generate XML, which can later be styled to whatever output format is required using XSLT. SQL/XML is ideal - it doesn't require much more stuff to learn - just a bunch of XML generating primitives layered on top of nested queries, which is reasonably straightforward, although I find I easily get lost in the bracketing! What I really wanted from XQuery was its data manipulation language and I'm very disappointed that it doesn't even appear to be on the horizon.  Instead I've had to devise my own XML update language as an extension of XUpdate.

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