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Subject: RE: XPATH query Take 2
Message text written by INTERNET:email@example.com > I personallly feel the objection to the usage of OQL from certain parties is commercially based rather than technically based*, because certain vendors don't want to have to implement OQL to be compliant. I can see where they are coming from, implementing OQL is a little harder**, but I don't agree that an international standard should be compromised for the commercial gain of a few small, but vociferous, vendors. <<<<<<<<<<<<< Frank, You could turn this around and say that users want to buy cost effective solutions - and why should they be forced to buy a Mercedes when a Chevy Geo can get the job done for their business needs? I have strongly argued that - since this is ebXML - we should at least have XML based options - unless we are going to vote to change everything to be ebOOxml. Clearly the trend is to XML based backend systems. This is not just one vendor saying this - every DB vendor of significance has announced XML product - and are members of the W3C. Therefore it makes sense to listen to what they and their customers are saying. Remember international standards are only as good as the depth of support they garner. Monster.com is just jammed full of requests for OQL specialists. Out of 455,000 vacancies today - only 3 listed OQL, and as a 'knowledge of is a plus' - not a requirement. This tells you something right there. International standards succeed when they deliver significant business value. Vendors have more at stake than anyone else in ensuring an expanding and extensive marketplace. They are least likely to shoot themselves in the foot. However - they have been known to try and shoot all their competitors in the foot! Ensuring an open and common technology basis is the right approach here - and XML is the choice. XPath I view as a stepping stone - as I said earlier today, its a good place to start - with positive benefits from the view point of XML parsers interacting with Registries - cheap and straightforward implementations for endusers - and can provide a solid foundation from which to support more extensive and mature XML query systems as the RC's become available later this year. DW.
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