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Proceedings 18th International Conference on Data Engineering (2002)
San Jose, California
Feb. 26, 2002 to Mar. 1, 2002
ISBN: 0-7695-1531-2
pp: 0403
Angela Bonifati , Politecnico di Milano
Daniele Braga , Politecnico di Milano
Alessandro Campi , Politecnico di Milano
Stefano Ceri , Politecnico di Milano
Besides being adopted as the new interchange format for the Internet, XML is finding increasing acceptance as a native data repository language. In order to make XML repositories fully equipped with data management capabilities, suitable query and update languages are being developed. However, once the user is allowed to perform updates, it is perceivably necessary to guarantee the correctness of his/her updates, especially if document validity or semantic constraints are violated. We address this problem by exploiting the well-grounded concept of active rules.In this paper, we propose Active XQuery, an active language for XML repositories that is based on a previously defined XQuery update model. In particular, we present the syntax and semantics of our language, aiming at emulating the trigger definition and execution model of SQL3. An active extension of XQuery arises nontrivial problems, related to the need of interleaving updates and triggers. These problems have led us to define an algorithm for update reformulation and to devise a compact semantics. In conclusion, the paper presents an architecture for rapid prototyping, and hints optimization and research issues.
Active databases, Document management, XML, Query and update languages for XML, XQuery.

D. Braga, A. Campi, A. Bonifati and S. Ceri, "Active XQuery," Proceedings 18th International Conference on Data Engineering(ICDE), San Jose, California, 2002, pp. 0403.
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