The only language that is powerful and can change someone from the inside out is the Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 – But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

SQL Servers highly anticipated upcoming release will bring with it a new XML datatype that can directly store XML documents to, and extract from, the relational database. In addition to the query functions of Microsoft SQL Server, Yukon supports a number of native XQuery functions designed specifically for the XML data type. Yukon supports the storage of natively formatted XML data using an XML data type, making it possible to perform native queries against the XML data using the emerging industry-standard XQuery language. Programmers can query the XML data using XML query, or XQuery, a language that is close to finalization of its World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sanction.

Web services, XPath queries, and xQuery would provide end users with access to the XML documents stored within the new type of XML data. The new XML Query capability allows developers to construct sophisticated queries, which enable retrieval of data that users desire. Query results are returned in XML and can take advantage of Visual Studios Web Services infrastructure. When the symbol data is in XML, the syntax for the structure-aware queries is available with the help of the XPath.

Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Almost any Unicode code point may be used within character data and attribute values in XML document 1.0 or 1.1, even when corresponding characters are not defined in the current Unicode version. XML 1.0 (Fifth Edition) and XML 1.1 support direct usage of nearly all Unicode characters in element names, attributes, comments, character data, and processing instructions (except those which have special symbolic meanings within XML as the markup language itself, such as the lower-than symbol, o). The open-source application xmlsh, which provides a Linux-like shell with specific features for manipulating XML, similarly treats XML as a datatype, using notation. Many industry-specific data standards, such as the health level 7, the OpenTravel Alliance, FPML, MISMO, and National Information Exchange Model, are built upon the foundations of XML as a markup language and on the rich features of XML Schema specifications.

Mapping XMLs core tree-like pattern to type systems in programming languages or databases can be challenging, particularly when XML is used for exchanging highly structured data among applications, not its main purpose in designing it. The original, and, until 2008, the most widely used, schema languages were Document Type Definition (DTD) languages and the W3Cs XML Schema. Schemas are valid XML documents, in the same way that relational table definitions and other data definition language (DDL) statements are valid T-SQL. Data-centric documents are those in which XML is used as the data medium.

Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The biggest difference between XML and HTML is that XML is used for data storage in a structured form, whereas HTML is used for content representation. XMLs main purpose is to build formats for data, which are used to encode information for documentation, database records, transactions, and many other types of data. XML data can be used for creating several types of content, which are generated by building different types of content – including Web, print, and mobile content – which are built upon top of the XML data. Like Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), which is also based on the SGML standard, XML documents are stored in American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) files, which can be edited using any text editor.

The XML standard is a flexible way of creating information formats and sharing structured data electronically through the public Internet, as well as through business networks. XML and Web Services helps developers develop Web services at the database layer, makes Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) listeners, and provides a new kind of data access capabilities to Web Service-oriented applications. XQuery would be an XML counterpart of SQL language for relational databases, and would greatly simplify the programming of XML applications. The XML datatype is a first-class type; it can be used much like any other datatype of Microsoft SQL Server, including as a column in a table, as a variable in T-SQL, a stored procedure parameter or a user-defined function, or a return value from a user-defined function.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

If you are using untyped XML, SQL Servers XQuery engine needs to start from the premise that each data element is of the String type; a built-in Data Function can be used with highly-typed data to return an accurate data type. Because the XQuery engine executes within a relational database, Yukon provides two convenient, standards-compliant ways of using untyped (i.e., relational) data within XQuery itself. Because Yukon will be using the SQL Server XQuery engine as its own native mechanism to query the type of XML data within Microsoft SQL Server, some kind of manipulation language needs to exist.

Microsoft released SQL Server 2005 at the end of last year, codenamed Yukon, that is capable of storing and processing XML data without having to transform it into relational rows and columns, or store it as a large binary object. Yukon includes native XML data types for better management, storage, and retrieval of XML data, as Yukon supports XQuery to extract XML data, and the XML Schema Definition (XSD). IBM officials explicitly tied DB2 Vipers strength with managing XML data to requirements for a services-oriented architecture, in which programs and data of all formats could be classified, found, accessed, and used through standardized Web-services interfaces.

Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

In addition, Oracle and Sybase are working to convince corporate IT teams to adopt XML data stores, together with data-management and application-development tools, as building blocks for the new corporate information architecture. There is even a preliminary implementation of XQuery 1.0, the latest in a number of proposed XML query languages. The W3C is in final stages of creating the final recommendation for XQuery, which would produce a standard query language to access and manipulate stored XML data.