On 30/06/10 18:05, Martin Mueller wrote:
> Joseph Wicentowski at the State Department's Office of the Historian
> and the folks at syntactica.com are doing some very interesting work
> with a publishing solution that uses eXist and xquery to do just
> about everything. I'm marginally and not very competently involved in
> this enterprise, but conceptually it looks very promising, and the
> web site of the Office of the Historian is certainly a site of some
> The big question here is whether this technology can be brought to a
> level at which non-programmers can learn it in a reasonable time. A
> "reasonable time" is more than five minutes, but it's almost closer
> to learning how to ride a bicycle than how to play the violin.
Just to comment on this. Joe is giving a 2.5 workshop as part of our TEI
Summer School introducing this kind of thing to people. I've taught
people XQuery and basic eXist enough to have them indexing and doing
several types of query in 3/4s of a day. Obviously though it takes much
longer to feel familiar implementing it for real. In a poorly created
analogy, I can teach anyone to juggle in 45 minutes, but it will take at
least a couple weeks of regular practice before it feels normal.
I use eXist/XQuery for several websites and proper indexing (with
lucene full-text) is certainly something that makes a substantial
difference to retrieval times. The xquery url rewriting in recent
versions is also quite interesting.