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Sorry for the very late answer to your question.
> Universities are teaching it? That's a bit of a surprise. Which ones?
> I'd be curious to now more about this.
I am not following this closely. But I know the following universities
did (and I hope
still do) teach XQuery in a form or another: Stanford, Berkeley,
Wisconsin, UPenn, Cornell,
U.Washington, UC San Diego, U. Michigan, and I am sure I missed most
But you need to understand that XQuery was *born* in the database
research community, and that a certain
part of that community is very keen on XQuery (while some other part
doesn't like it :-). In general, I think
most database classes today end up with a couple of courses on XML and
XQuery (extensions, processing, etc) is also a very popular research
topic in the database
community, as the flourishing number of workshops that address those
(see for example a couple of them:
as well the mainstream database conferences (Sigmod, VLDB and ICDE).
(I think I reviewed in the last couple of
years more XQuery papers that a person can see without getting an
Of course, this doesn't guarantee success, but it guarantees that we
will make "some" progress in
understanding XML information processing.
> 3. The XQuery books that have been published have not done well in the
> market, and you'd be hard pressed to get a publisher to commit to a
> new one at this time.
There are too many books that give details. I don't know of any good
book that gives the big picture.
People will not care about the details of FLWR unless they understand
how XQuery is supposed to be used and
integrated in the big picture.