Larry Kim, product manager of the XML Products Group at DataDirect Technologies shared the results of a survey the company just commissioned on the long-anticipated XQuery standard. XQuery promises to do for XML data what SQL did for relational data -- that is, make it possible to write a standardized query that will pull the right data out of any database, regardless of vendor or format.
The survey of 550 XML developers finds that 52% already started working with XQuery in the last 12 months and another 33% have plans to start using XQuery this year.
DataDirect notes that the survey confirms the suspicions of many data industry watchers that XQuery is taking off thanks to an "unprecedented level of co-operation among competing software vendors in the XQuery standardization effort, the burgeoning growth in XQuery-enabled software products, widespread adoption of XML technologies, and most importantly, the industry's clear need for a standard technology that addresses querying and manipulating XML data."
The survey report can be viewed in its entirety here (registration required).