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

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Michael Kay wrote:

> It would be nice to see what IBM actually said rather than this incredibly
> superficial piece of analysis. Are we really supposed to believe that Oracle
> and Microsoft will be "frothing at the mouth" because IBM have belatedly
> issued a press release describing their marketechture?

I doubt Oracle or MS will be frothing at the mouth. SQL Server 2005 will 
have similar XML functionality, although the implementation, rather than 
being a separate storage engine, is built on the relational store. 
Although we'll probably never see the benchmark results, it will be 
interesting to see which is faster.

As for Oracle, I rather disagree with the article's assessment, although 
my disagreement is purely conjecture. Oracle has consistently shown 
intelligent support for XML and I can't help but imagine that they're 
building some sort of native storage themselves. Indexed CLOBs just 
won't cut it for XQuery.

-- Ron


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