[xquery-talk] [ANN] presenting XQuery - GSD language at MarkLogic User Group London Nov 24

William Candillon william.candillon at 28msec.com
Wed Nov 9 00:43:42 PST 2011

Hello James,

It's not our collective imagination.
XQuery is making us more productive programmers.
We even have serious evidence to back this up.

When talking to people outside the xquery community, they buy
immediately the productivity argument.
But are they gonna learn a new programming language because it is
allegedly more productive? No way...

It seems to me that for XQuery to go mainstream, we need to go in
areas where XQuery is not just more productive but simply

What are we gonna do to get Dimitri to throw away his PHP and switch to XQuery?

We tried to answer this question in the following blog entry:

Kind regards,


28msec - XQuery in the Cloud

On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 9:15 AM, James Fuller
<james.fuller.2007 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I will be presenting a more technical version of my recent
> presentation (at Arhus GOTOCON) about XQuery.
> http://www.meetup.com/muglondon/events/40390792/
> I used this talk to try and provide some basis to the various adhoc
> comments I have received over the years about XQuery productivity ...
> yes we know its very productive but I wanted to understand the reasons
> behind this. So I did an informal analysis and survey to try and
> understand if XQuery is actually productive or if its a matter of the
> imagination!
> I will also try and present a few xquery gems to illustrate the
> boundaries of the language. One example of this is the recent Corona
> effort https://github.com/marklogic/Corona which is an attempt to
> build a complete NoSQL drop in replacement, using XQuery set within
> MarkLogic. Its a pretty impressive example of how far you can push the
> language.
> In particular I am interested in discussing how we can further promote
> XQuery to a larger audience (and possibly all kinds of data); so would
> be great to get some momentum behind this.
> I don't know if XQuery will ever gain critical adoption, but I do know
> it took SQL 15 yrs to 'catch on' and it will take several years for
> the NoSQL crowd to get their query/update story standardized ... I do
> know that a language like SQL and XQuery is what we need and open to
> all ideas of how to go forward.
> Jim Fuller
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