Despite the widespread adoption of XML as the preferred method of displaying and exchanging data via Web-based applications, most developers fail to efficiently query their existing data and transport it directly as XML, instead spending additional time and costs in hand coding their applications to mix relational data and XML. These findings were released today as part of a study conducted by DataDirect Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of components for connecting data and applications, and TheServerSide.com, an online community focused on Java development and middleware issues.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) said they process XML and store it as data in a relational database. Not surprisingly, though, most of these developers (65 percent) said they would prefer to use a standardized query-based approach to mixing XML and relational data, rather than hand code a solution to integrate the data from its various sources. Yet the majority of respondents were unfamiliar with the leading XML query standards: SQL/XML and XQuery. Only 8 percent said they are using SQL/XML, which is available today, and just 5 percent said they plan to use XQuery, which is scheduled for completion in late 2004.

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