In a rare act of cooperation, Oracle and IBM have submitted a joint request for a specification that would define how Java applications query databases using a proposed language called XQuery.
Most applications today query databases using the widely used Structured Query Language, or SQL. XQuery, which is being developed at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), should provide a standard way for querying data stored in the emerging XML format.
The Java specification request, number 225, was submitted jointly to the Java Community Process (JCP) by Oracle and IBM and is supported by BEA Systems, Sun, Sybase, DataDirect Technologies and X-Hive. It can be viewed at the JCP Web site.
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