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Elsevier announces xqDoc: open source cross-referencing tool for XQuery applications

Press Release: Elsevier [March 24, 2005]

Copyright (c) 2005 Elsevier

Abstract: Elsevier is announced xqDoc, an open source cross-referencing tool for XQuery applications, and recognizes Darin McBeath, an Elsevier employee in the company’s Advanced Technology Group, as the developer of the code. The tool is now freely available to the open source community.


Amsterdam, 24 March 2005 - Elsevier is pleased to announce xqDoc, an open source cross-referencing tool for XQuery applications, and recognizes Darin McBeath, an Elsevier employee in the company's Advanced Technology Group, as the developer of the code. The tool is now freely available to the open source community.

XQuery, under development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (http://www.w3.org/XML/Query), is a new query/programming language based on XML and used in conjunction with XML databases such as MarkLogic (http://www.marklogic.com), a commercial database, and eXist (http://exist.sourceforge.net) on the open source side. As XQuery applications became more complex, it became evident that a tool was needed to assist with documenting the ever growing and equally complex XQuery modules.

McBeath has been developing applications in XQuery for the past several years, and as more developers within Elsevier began to experiment with and use XQuery, McBeath received recurring requests for sample XQuery code and supporting explanation. As McBeath began to assist developers with their XQuery applications, he quickly realized the importance of a XQuery cross-referencing tool to expedite understanding of an XQuery application.

The goal of xqDoc is to provide a vendor neutral solution for documenting XQuery applications, as well as tools to generate a user-friendly representation of this documentation and cross-referencing information (e.g., how different functions are used by each other). This is accomplished through several components, including a new commenting convention that extends the currently defined XQuery comment style. This convention is modeled after Java(tm)'s Javadoc commenting style, and provides a simple, uniform way to document XQuery source code. Javadoc is a widely used tool for providing the same sort of information for Java programs that xqDoc provides for XQuery programs. It is hoped that xqDoc achieves the same level of adoption and success for XQuery that Javadoc has for Java.

For further information on xqDoc, visit www.xqdoc.org.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in 74 offices worldwide publish more than 1,800 journals and 2,200 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com), MD Consult (www.mdconsult.com), Scopus (www.news.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (www.elsevier.com) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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Publication Year:2005
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:March 24, 2005
Publisher:Elsevier
Place of Publication:Amsterdam
Subject: Product announcements
Open source software
Record Number:11362
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