THIS IS A DRAFT PROPOSAL AND NOT AN OFFICAL WTP PROPOSAL YET.
The XQuery Development Toolkit (XQDT) is a proposed project under the Web Tools Project.
According to the Eclipse Development Process, this proposal is intended to declare the intent and scope of the XQuery Development Toolkit project as well as to gather input from the Eclipse community. You are invited to comment on and/or join the project.
XQuery was designed by XML Query working group of the W3C in order to present a convenient way to query largely (but not limited to) XML data collections and became a W3C recommendation on January 23, 2007. Currently many commercial XML Databases support XQuery as a platform to query its data. Also with the upcoming new XQuery version which is 1.1, it is believed XQuery will be the main data query technique for XML documents as well as databases. As such, it is quite useful to have an editor for XQuery with rich functionality such as syntax validation and content assistance under WTP umbrella.
XQuery Development Toolkit(XQDT) is mainly an editor built on Structured Source Editor(SSE) for easy XQuery handling. It will initially have basic text editor functions such as syntax colouring and content assistance to create and modify XQuery documents easily. Later it could be added more rich features such as content formatting, advance preferences, error tips and support to other commercial XML databases through extension points.
XQuery Development Toolkit project will be based on the project done by Buddhika Laknath for Summer of Code 2008 named "New Eclipse Plugin for XQuery" mentored by David Carver who is a committer for XSL Tools. The initial idea of the project is to fill gaps in Eclipse in regards to new XML formats and persuade more web and XML users to choose Eclipse as their native platform.
Perspectives and Views
We propose this project should be undertaken as an incubator project with the Web Tools project.
Need WTP Mentors.
- David Carver (XSL Tooling Committer)
Initial Code Contribution
Licensing and Intellectual property
XQuery already has a large user community that covers both the data side of xml as well as the document centric side of the XML. It is becoming the defacto standard for querying XML repositories and data bases, and is a good complement to other XML technologies like XSL. As more traditional database add support for XML databases having a good base set of XQuery tools to use and extend will become increasing important.