[xquery-talk] Open source XQuery processors

William Candillon wcandillon at gmail.com
Thu May 7 15:26:32 PDT 2015

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 11:17 AM, Liam R. E. Quin <liam at w3.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 2015-05-07 at 17:06 +0000, Schwartz, Christine wrote:
>> I'm preparing an ALA preconference session for librarians titled
>> "Using XQuery as a Library Metadata Tool." I'd like to provide the
>> attendees with a list of XQuery resources so they can set up their
>> own XQuery programming environment at their home institutions. Open
>> source software is usually preferred by librarians, especially for
>> grant projects.
>> I feel a little handicapped in this area as I've been using
>> MarkLogic for over seven years and have not had to work with open
>> source XQuery tools.
> I on the other hand have not used MarkLogic.
> BaseX and eXist seem to be the most widely used. There is also Zorba,
> although I found it difficult to set up, and Sedna, which seems not to
> be actively maintained.
That is absolutely true. We are currently tackling this problem.
We are providing a simple docker container for Zorba at the moment:
We are looking to provide in the future a Zorba service via docker
that can be consumed easily from php, java and son.

In the list of open source IDEs, I would like to add Atom
(https://atom.io/packages/language-jsoniq) and Cloud9.

> Usually I send people to BaseX in the first instance, as the easiest
> to get started (it's written in Java and has a GUI, and can be used
> also from PHP, Perl, etc.; most people I've spoken with seem to have
> their first query running within a few minutes of downloading the
> software).
> For a mixed relation + XML model, Virtuoso supports XQuery, although I
> have not tried it.
> What I believe is most important is to keep any software-specific
> extensions isolated from the main queries, so you can easily switch.
> I should really update www.w3.org/XML/Query/ to reflect XQuery 3.0
> reality.
> Liam
>> Any recommendations on what should be on this list?
>> Thanks,
>> Chris
>> Christine Schwartz
>> Metadata Librarian and XML Database Administrator
>> Princeton Theological Seminary Library
>> 25 Library Place
>> Princeton, NJ 08540
>> christine.schwartz at ptsem.edu<mailto:christine.schwartz at ptsem.edu>
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