IBM Gives Developers a Taste of XQuery
IBM is making available a downloadable prototype of the developing XQuery standard for developers and customers to tinker with.IBM on Thursday is expected to put on its alphaWorks site a downloadable prototype of the developing XQuery standard for developers and customers to tinker with. The prototype, called XML for Tables, is a kind of language translator that can be incorporated into IBMs DB2 Universal database. It illustrates the use of the XQuery interface to transform structured data in relational databases into XML data. IBM is also making available XML Registry, a method for user groups to catalog, organize, find and share XML information, including data pertaining to Web services. The nascent XQuery standard is viewed as a crucial bridge to cover the gap between SQL (Structured Query Language) and the unstructured data expressed in XML format. Oracle Corp. also has a prototype of XQuery on its site.
The news follows close on the heels of IBM and Microsoft Corp.s submission of an XQuery test suite to the W3C last week.