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XML hindered by lack of data connectivity standards.

Despite the widespread adoption of XML as the preferred method of displaying and exchanging data via Web-based applications, most developers fail to efficiently query their existing data and transport it directly as XML, instead spending additional time and costs in hand coding their applications to mix relational data and XML. These findings were released as part of a study conducted by DataDirect Technologies, Inc., and TheServerSide.com, an online community focused on Java development and middleware issues.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) said they process XML and store it as data in a relational database. Not surprisingly, though, most of these developers (65 percent) said they would prefer to use a standardised query-based approach to mixing XML and relational data, rather than hand-code a solution to integrate the data from its various sources. Yet the majority of respondents were unfamiliar with the leading XML query standards: SQL/XML and XQuery. Only 8 percent said they are using SQL/XML, which is available today, and just 5 percent said they plan to use XQuery, which is scheduled for completion in late 2004.

The difference between developers seeking a query-based approach to mixing XML and relational data, and those with knowledge of SQL/XML and XQuery, highlights the need for a simple way to get these important industry standard tools into the hands of developers today. DataDirect Connect for SQL/XML allows applications to build XML documents directly as the result of SQL queries or to extract information from XML documents and update relational data. Corporate developers and ISVs are already reaping the benefits of using DataDired Connect for SQL/XML-, which frees them from having to write code to bridge XML hierarchies and relational tables, or from learning the complex and proprietary XML extensions to relational databases. In addition, DataDirect Technologies is introducing XQuery components as the XQuery specification matures.

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Title Annotation:IT News
Publication:Database and Network Journal
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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