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Is there a need for an XML search engine?

I recently received an email announcing the release of an XML search engine - called XQengine (

What is the purpose of this? The site goes into techno-bable that I cannot quite fathom.

XML files are pretty easy to deal with in RDBMS - and the current searches seem to work well.

Am I correct in saying this?

Friday, September 12, 2003

I think, and pls corrct me if I am wring, XQuery is a a tool like SQL; except XQuery is used against XML databases.

Now, your other questions on whether it is useful or not.... that I cannot answer.

My inclination will be that this evolved from the hot air that existed over XML over three years ago.

MS Office 2003 documents are meant to be XML based - i.e. it uses XML to parse data.

But you will not need an XML database for this.

Ram Dass
Friday, September 12, 2003

Xquery and Xpath are both pretty important.. if XML is important to you. Both are crucial technologies if your application are broken up in a way that uses a lot of XML.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, September 12, 2003

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