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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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XML and the vocabularies defined with XML have established themselves as the prevalent and most promising lingua franca of business-to-business, business-to-consumer, or generally, any-to-any data interchange and integration. One of the major reasons for the success of XML in this space is that XML is a simple, Unicode-based, platform-independent syntax for which simple and efficient parsers are widely available. Another important factor in favor of XML is its ability not only to represent structured data, but also to provide a uniform syntax for structured data, semi-structured data, and markup data. Structured data is data that easily fits into a predefined, homogeneous type structure such as relations or nested objects. Semi-structured ...

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