XQuery course in Rockville, Maryland, June 2012

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XQuery course in Rockville, Maryland, June 2012

C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
[Please forward to any potentially interested parties; thanks!  Sorry
for the short notice; earlier attempts to send this announcement to
this list encountered technical difficulties.]

Black Mesa Technologies is pleased to announce a two-day hands-on
introductory course in XQuery, to take place 15-16 June 2012 in
Rockville, Maryland, in the training facilities of Mulberry
Technologies (immediately before the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on
Digital Libraries on 10-14 June at George Washington University in
Washington, DC).


Rockville, Maryland
15-16 June 2012, 9:30 - 5:30


This course introduces XQuery as a flexible language for working with
natural-language documents (books, prose, verse, drama,
correspondence, historical documents, articles, legislation, etc.)
encoded in XML. The focus is on the application of XQuery to textual
material with complex and variable structure, as opposed to the
typically simpler, more regular structures of data-oriented XML.


Topics include:

- design goals of XQuery
- XQuery and XPath
- location paths and other XPath expressions
- atomic values in XQuery
- sequences and operations on sequences
- FLWOR (for / let / where / order by / return) expressions
- function declarations
- regular expressions and other string manipulation functions
- full-text extensions to XQuery
- deploying XQuery applications
- the XQuery implementation landscape
- deployment issues and interaction with the HTTP server
- where to go from here

Participants should be comfortable reading XML documents. Familiarity
with XPath is desirable but not required. Programming experience is
not required. Students may bring their own laptops or may use a
classroom machine.


This course will be held Friday and Saturday, 15-16 June 2012, from
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at

Mulberry Technologies, Inc.
17 West Jefferson St., Suite 207
Rockville, MD 20850

Thanks to Mulberry Technologies for hosting the course.

For other logistical information, see



A second two-day course, focusing on XForms, will take place 8-9 June,
just before the JCDL conference.

Other courses that may be relevant to potential attendees (XML Basics,
Schematron, XSLT/XPath Basics, and XSL-FO) are offered in the same
venue on earlier days; see Mulberry Technologies' list of upcoming
classes at



To reserve a space, to register, or to ask for more information,
please send email to [hidden email] or call us at


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* C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Black Mesa Technologies LLC
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