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

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Tom Bradford wrote:
> The XML Database vendors will argue with you on that point, and they'll 
> also argue that for a language designed with the XML database niche in 
> mind, the WG certainly didn't seem to take into account the storage 
> models of most XML databases when the language was designed.

Specifics, please.

What on earth do you mean by "the storage models of most XML databases" 
when you say that? What functionality causes problems here? Which 
vendors do you have in mind?

I have worked for three XML database vendors, and was on the 
architectural team for two of them. I represented two of them on the 
XQuery Working Group, at different times.

> The XQuery implementation that I participated in was meant for 
> transforming messages in an orchestration engine.  Seems to me that that 
> is probably the best niche for XQuery overall, but time will tell.

Doesn't seem like the best niche to me. Data integration scenarios are 
probably the best niche, or just plain XML reporting from various data 
sources, including at least one that is a large scale data store.



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