Oracle, IBM Propose XQuery API for Java

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-06-10 Print this article Print

The two companies announce a new Java Specification Request to define a Java API for invocations of queries written in XQuery, the XML querying language.

Oracle Corp. and IBM on Tuesday announced a new Java Specification Request to define a Java API for invocations of queries written in XQuery, the XML querying language. XQuery, like the base XML 1.0 standard, is a specification thats still in progress and one that lacks an API for invocation from application environments. In comparison, the long-established SQL query language—which pertains mostly to databases—has JDBC, an API to submit SQL queries and process the results of such queries. What JDBC is to SQL, the newly proposed XQuery API for Java will be to XQuery, according to Sandeepan Banerjee, director of product management for XML at Oracle, of Redwood Shores, Calif. "XML Query has been getting a lot of traction," he said. "Enterprises are looking at it in more and more areas. The question is, Is the ecosystem around it built up? Do we have the pieces we need? The ability to merge XML with other standards like SQL is important. Were trying to take XML and harmonize it with the world of Java and the world of SQL."
The result, said Banerjee, will be a uniform model for content and data management.
XML is expected to become a standard between late fall and winter. The JSR, which is numbered 225, should be available around the same time, Banerjee said.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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