ANN: XML and Databases Town Hall at XML 2004 (was: Hello XQuery ...Goodb
Ronald Bourret wrote: > BTW, there will be a panel Tuesday night at XML 2004 discussing these > and other XML/database issues. I, for one, would love it if people using > these technologies showed up and gave us their impressions -- it all too > often feels like I'm working in a vacuum. This is the "XML, Queries, and Databases" town hall at 7:30 Tuesday evening. We'll probably go out for drinks and further discussion afterward. The participants in this town hall will be: Ron Bourret Michael Rys Steve Buxton Daniela Florescu Michael Kay Jonathan Robie Here are some of the questions we will address. But bring in your own questins, or suggest others here! * Is XQuery a Java or an Ada? How complex is it? Is it a language people will like to use? * Does XQuery solve the right use cases? Does it solve them well? * Have XML Schema, namespaces, XPath, and whitespace handling made it too difficult to develop an XML query language? Should XQuery have played rebel and done some of this its own way? * Is the addition of native XML storage to mainstream relational databases a vindication or a death knell for native XML databases? * What's missing from XQuery? Is it really useful without updates? Without full-text search? Without more sophisticated grouping? Should more features be added gradually, or are they needed right now? * Is SQL/XML a success, or will people just wait for implementations of XQuery over relational data? * SQL wants to add functions that use XQuery. Is adding all of XQuery to all of SQL a wonderful synergy or a recipe for disaster? Why not just extend SQL? * Microsoft's C? attempts to unify the object, relational, and XML worlds. Is this a more promising approach than the XQuery approach? What are the relative advantages and disadvantages? Is this just interesting research, or is it likely to become commercially important? Jonathan
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