Berger, Sacha; Bry, François; Furche, Tim; Linse, Benedikt; Schroeder, Andreas
Effective and Efficient Data Access
in the Versatile Web Query Language Xcerpt.
PPSWR 2006, 10. - 11. Juni 2006, Budva, Montenegro.
Access to Web data has become an integral part of many applications
and services. In the past, such data has usually been accessed
through human-tailoredHTMLinterfaces.Nowadays, rich client interfaces
in desktop applications or, increasingly, in browser-based clients ease data
access and allow more complex client processing based on XML or RDF
data retrieved throughWeb service interfaces. Convenient specifications of
the data processing on the client and flexible, expressive service interfaces
for data access become essential in this context.Web query languages such
as XQuery, XSLT, SPARQL, or Xcerpt have been tailored specifically for
such a setting: declarative and efficient access and processing ofWeb data.
Xcerpt stands apart among these languages by its versatility, i.e., its ability
to access not just oneWeb format but many. In this demonstration, two aspects
of Xcerpt are illustrated in detail: The first part of the demonstration
focuses on Xcerpt’s pattern matching constructs and rules to enable effective
and versatile data access. It uses a concrete practical use case from
bibliography management to illustrate these language features. Xcerpt’s
visual companion language visXcerpt is used to provide an intuitive interface
to both data and queries. The second part of the demonstration shows
recent advancements in Xcerpt’s implementation focusing on experimental
evaluation of recent complexity results and optimization techniques, as
well as scalability over a number of usage scenarios and input sizes.