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XQuery from the Experts: A Guide to the W3C XML Query Language by Philip Wadler, Jim Tivy, Jérôme Siméon, Michael Rys, Jonathan Robie, Michael Kay, Mary Fernández, Denise Draper, Don Chamberlin, Howard Katz - Editor

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Chapter 7. Integrating XQuery and Relational Database Systems

Michael Rys

XML allows the combination of highly structured, semi-structured, and markup data in one common representation, and thus provides a more flexible data representation model than the existing relational data model. On the other hand, relational database systems have a proven track record of providing efficient and cost-effective management of structured data. Since most relational database systems have begun to add XML support and features to their relational database engines and are deeply entrenched in the data management arena, one need not be a prophet to predict that relational database systems will most likely capture a large market for both virtual and native XML ...

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