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### Xpath to XQuery

February 23rd, 2004

Other Stuff

- HW 3 is out.
- Instructions for Phase 3 are out.
- Today: finish Xpath, start and finish Xquery.
- From Wednesday: dbms internals.

Xpath: Summary

bib matches a bib element

* matches any element

/ matches the root element

/bib matches a bib element under root

bib/paper matches a paper in bib

bib//paper matches a paper in bib, at any depth

//paper matches a paper at any depth

paper|book matches a paper or a book

@price matches a price attribute

bib/book/@price matches price attribute in book, in bib

bib/book/[@price<“55”]/author/lastname matches…

Comments on XPath?

- What’s good about it?
- What can’t it do that you want it to do?
- How does it compare, say, to SQL?

XQuery

- Based on Quilt, which is based on XML-QL
- Uses XPath to express more complex queries

XQuery abc def ghi

Find all book titles published after 1995:

FOR$xINdocument("bib.xml")/bib/book

WHERE$x/year > 1995

RETURN { $x/title }

Result:

XQuery

Find book titles by the coauthors of “Database Theory”:

FOR$xINbib/book[title/text() = “Database Theory”]/author$yINbib/book[author/text() = $x/text()]/title

RETURN

Result:

< answer > def

< answer > ghi

The answer willcontain duplicates !

XQuery

Same as before, but eliminate duplicates:

FOR$xINbib/book[title/text() = “Database Theory”]/author$yINdistinct(bib/book[author/text() = $x/text()]/title)

RETURN

Result:

< answer > def

< answer > ghi

distinct = a function that eliminates duplicates

XQuery: Nesting

For each author of a book by Morgan Kaufmann, list all books she published:

FOR$aINdistinct(document("bib.xml")/bib/book[publisher=“Morgan Kaufmann”]/author)

RETURN

{ $a,

FOR$tIN /bib/book[author=$a]/title

RETURN$t}

XQuery

- FOR$x in expr -- binds $x to each value in the list expr
- LET$x = expr -- binds $x to the entire list expr
- Useful for common subexpressions and for aggregations

XQuery

FOR$pINdistinct(document("bib.xml")//publisher)

LET$b := document("bib.xml")/book[publisher = $p]

WHEREcount($b) > 100

RETURN { $p }

count = a (aggregate) function that returns the number of elms

XQuery

Find books whose price is larger than average:

LET$a=avg(document("bib.xml")/bib/book/price)

FOR$b in document("bib.xml")/bib/book

WHERE$b/price > $a

RETURN { $b }

Let’s try to write this in SQL…

XQuery

Summary:

- FOR-LET-WHERE-RETURN = FLWR

FOR/LET Clauses

List of tuples

WHERE Clause

List of tuples

RETURN Clause

Instance of Xquery data model

FOR v.s. LET

Returns:

...

FOR$xINdocument("bib.xml")/bib/book

RETURN

LET$xINdocument("bib.xml")/bib/book

RETURN

Returns:

...

Collections in XQuery

- Ordered and unordered collections
- /bib/book/author = an ordered collection
- Distinct(/bib/book/author) = an unordered collection
- LET$a = /bib/book $a is a collection
- $b/author a collection (several authors...)

Returns:

...

RETURN

Collections in XQuery

What about collections in expressions ?

- $b/price list of n prices
- $b/price * 0.7 list of n numbers
- $b/price * $b/quantity list of n x m numbers ??
- $b/price * ($b/quant1 + $b/quant2) $b/price * $b/quant1 + $b/price * $b/quant2 !!

Sorting in XQuery

FOR$pINdistinct(document("bib.xml")//publisher)

RETURN

FOR$bIN document("bib.xml")//book[publisher = $p]

RETURN

{ $b/title ,

$b/price

}

SORTBY(priceDESCENDING)

SORTBY(name)

If-Then-Else

FOR$h IN //holding

RETURN

{ $h/title,

IF$h/@type = "Journal"

THEN$h/editor

ELSE$h/author

}

SORTBY (title)

Existential Quantifiers

FOR$b IN //book

WHERESOME$p IN $b//paraSATISFIES

contains($p, "sailing")

AND contains($p, "windsurfing")

RETURN { $b/title }

Universal Quantifiers

FOR$b IN //book

WHEREEVERY$p IN $b//paraSATISFIES

contains($p, "sailing")

RETURN { $b/title }

Other Stuff in XQuery

- BEFORE and AFTER
- for dealing with order in the input
- FILTER
- deletes some edges in the result tree
- Recursive functions
- Currently: arbitrary recursion
- Perhaps more restrictions in the future ?

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