XML News from Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wolfgang Meier et al have released eXist DB 1.2.6, an open source XQuery database:

It stores XML data according to the XML data model and features efficient, index-based XQuery processing.

eXist-db supports many (web) technology standards making it an excellent application platform:

eXist-db is highly compliant with the XQuery standard (current XQTS score is 99.4%). The query engine is highly extensible and features a large collection of XQuery Function Modules.

eXist-db provides a powerful environment for the development of web applications based on XQuery and related standards. Entire web applications can be written in XQuery, using XSLT, XHTML, CSS and Javascript (for AJAX functionality). XQuery server pages can be executed from the filesystem or stored in the database.

eXist is probably the major pure XML open source (LGPL) native XML database. I've been wanting to spend some serious time with this product for a while now, but haven't had the opportunity. From what I hear, these days it's adequate for single server systems. I'd be interested to hear what folks have built on top of it.