XML hindered by lack of data connectivity standards.
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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