IBM Gives Developers a Taste of XQuery

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-04-10 Print this article Print

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.
The company on Thursday also planned to announce at its developerWorks Live show, in New Orleans, a DB2 .Net Enablement beta program to enable developers to create .Net-based applications that work with DB2 data. To learn more and download beta code, click here. Finally, the Somers, N.Y., company is also launching the DB2 Database Porting Zone, a centralized Web site that consolidates knowledge needed to port to DB2. The Zone is expected to launch on April 24 and will be located at Latest IBM News:
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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