Tuesday, December 25, 2007

MySQL Adds XML and XPath Support

I was browsing around the web and ran across this article at xml.com, XML Moves to mySQL. Being a heavy XML user, I had to read the article. It looks like MySQL is expanding the built-in support for XML.

This article isn't very detailed but it links to Using XML in MySQL 5.1 and 6.0 at mySQL.com which is very detailed.

I like the ability that is built in to support loading XML from files. That's a feature I wish Oracle would work on. Even in 11g, that functionality is still limited.

MySQL also adds ExtractValue() and UpdateXML() support. If you're manipulating XML much, you know that these two functions are needed.

From what I know of MySQL and what I read here, MySQL is just getting started with XML support. This article points out some baby steps on the road to XML maturity. You have to start somewhere and I am glad MySQL is adding this.