Re: XQuery syntax for BRQL semantics

On Sun, 2004-09-05 at 23:15, Rob Shearer wrote:
> I propose that we adopt a syntax
> which is fully compatible with XQuery, in that every DAWG query is in
> fact a valid XQuery.

I managed to read thru this once, somewhat carefully but pretty
quickly, and it looks like a pretty complete proposal.

I see just a couple points that look significantly
different from BRQL, other than surface syntax and
the omission of optionals that you discussed...

> XQuery syntax makes it quite straightforward to add as much, or as
> little, structure as you like to a result:
> for $x in dawg:anything(), $name in dawg:anything() $mbox in
> dawg:anything()
> where dawg:related($x, foaf:name, $name)
>   and dawg:related($x, foaf:box, $mbox)
> return <x><name>{$name}</name><mbox>{$mbox}</mbox></x>
> <x><name>Johnny Lee
> Outlaw</name><mbox></mbox></x>
> <x><name>Peter Goodguy</name><mbox></mbox></x>

That's a significant difference. BRQL queries return
binding sets or graphs; handling arbitrary XQuery data
models is different.

And how does this proposal handle returning graph
results? I suppose another function to go with
dawg:anything() to return the original graph would
do it.

Dan Connolly, W3C

Received on Tuesday, 7 September 2004 13:07:27 UTC