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Re: Requirement: hand-written queries

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 10:54:01 +0300
Message-Id: <E7683CFF-847A-11D8-B128-000A95EAFCEA@nokia.com>
Cc: <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
To: "ext Rob Shearer" <Rob.Shearer@networkinference.com>

On Apr 01, 2004, at 23:39, ext Rob Shearer wrote:

> Users should be able to easily author queries by hand using a text
> editor.
> The key word in this requirement is "easily". Take a quick look at
> XQuery. Obviously several people thought that it was absolutely crucial
> that XQueries be encoded in XML, and quite a bit of work went into
> defining the XQueryX serialization method for queries. But nobody 
> really
> uses it; it is understood that teaching people how the query language
> works using this incredibly verbose syntax would do nothing but put 
> them
> off, and requiring queries to be submitted using this syntax means that
> you need complex tools to author queries. Instead there is a concise,
> easy-to-read, easy-to-write syntax which puts the language on par with
> SQL in terms of query composition by humans.
> If we don't come up with a language that is convenient for mere 
> mortals,
> then it simply won't be adopted widely.

I fully agree.

My vote is for Turtle.




Patrick Stickler
Nokia, Finland
Received on Friday, 2 April 2004 02:59:08 UTC

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