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XQuery is the query language for XML and is officially defined by a W3C Recommendation document. The many benefits of XQuery include:
  • XQuery allows you to work in one common model no matter what type of data you are working with: relational, XML, or object data.
  • XQuery is ideal for queries that must represent results as XML, to query XML stored inside or outside the database, and to span relational and XML sources.
  • XQuery allows you to create many different types of XML representations of the same data.
  • XQuery allows you to query both relational sources and XML sources, and create one XML result.