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Re: Hello XQuery ... Goodbye XSLT?

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Watson, John wrote:

> 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!

I agree.

I'm not sure that it hits the same sweet spot when SQL/XML adds all of 
XQuery, plus a bunch of other stuff. Simplicity is a main virtue of 
SQL/XML in SQL 2003. It's gonna get a lot less simple.

> 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.

We'll get there. We're not there yet.



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