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   Re: [xml-dev] What niche is XQuery targeting?

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David Carlisle wrote:

>>Given this, I am wondering what niche XQuery is expecting to fill?
>I think, mainly, querying relational databases while claiming to be
>supporting XML. But apparently that's not a niche, given the size of the
>players who are apparently playing that game.
earlier today, Mike Kay writes "them users running SQL queries from XSL".

I don't think anything that lets you program some XML processing task 
conveniently (insert your definition of convenient here) will not be 
confined to a niche market. Even if designers intended otherwise.

People have been using XSL for far more things than just relations, and 
rightly so because there was no alternative that embraced the tree 
structure. It looks like there is one soon.


Burak Emir



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