JSONiq is a new query language that builds upon XQuery. Like SQL or LINQ, it has syntactic support concepts such as let, for, where, group by, and select.
IBM have released a feature pack which adds support for Xpath 2.0, XSLT 2.0 and XQuery 1.0 making WebSphere Application Server 7 the first application server with complete support for this most recent set of W3C XML standards. InfoQ talks IBM's Andrew Spyker, Chief Architect for the feature pack.
The first public review draft of JSR 225: XQuery API for Java has been posted for review. The spec (being led by Oracle) aims to provide ubiquitous programmatic access for XQuery implementations in Java.
InfoQ today publishes a one-chapter excerpt from Frank Cohen's book "FastSOA". On this occasion, InfoQ had a chance to talk to Frank Cohen, creator of the FastSOA methodology, about the issues when trying to process XML messages, scalability, using XQuery in the middle tier, and document-object-relational-mapping.
InfoQ has assembled a summary of the features included in the March CTP of Visual Studio Orcas. The Orcas CTP, which is expected to be released as VS 2007, can be downloaded from MSDN.
Financial integration tool vendor C24 has added a unique XQuery optimization to their Integration Objects product that allows full XML XQuery and XSLT capabilities on non-XML documents without the overhead of first converting those non-xml documents into instances of XML.
DataDirect has released XQuery 2.0, a Java implementation of the XML query and transformation language (XQuery) API for Java (XQJ) that allows the querying of combinations of RDBMS, XML, EDI, CSV, and other sources and returns the results as XML. On June 8th, new versions of the XQuery and related W3C specs were submitted, currently in Candidate Recommendation stage.