XQuery Working Group

Learn XQuery in the Company of Digital Humanists and Digital Scientists

We meet from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on most Fridays in 800FA of the Central Library. Newcomers are always welcome! Contact Cliff Anderson with any questions.

Three Easy Pieces on XQuery

Session One

Learn the basics of XQuery.

Session Three

XQuery Mashups


Frequently Asked Questions

Why learn XQuery?
XQuery is a general purpose programming language that excels at working with structured and semi-structured data in formats like JSON and XML. Learning XQuery can make you much more efficient at exploring, analyzing, and transforming your data.

Why XQuery for Digital Humanities?
If you're working with any kind of structured data—like, for instance, the Text Encoding Intiative (or TEI)—you will benefit from learning XQuery. Just check out the multiple grant-funded XQuery projects in the Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt.

Why XQuery for Digital Science?
XQuery is a world-class language for data-munging. If you have lots of data in different formats, like CSV, JSON, XML, or relational databases, XQuery is perfect data integration and analysis tool. Plus it's easy to store your data in XML-native databases like BaseX.

What if I'm new to programming?
We strive to make our sessions accessible to non-programmers, including complete beginners. We always start each meeting with review of a basic topic and encourage newcomers to pair with more experienced participants.

What should I bring?
If you can, please bring a laptop with you to the sessions. If you don't have a laptop, you can always check one out from the library. We're agnostic about operating systems—Linux, OSX or Windows are all fine.

Can I join anytime?
Yes! We try to keep our sessions as modular as possible. If you need help with anything we've covered in a previous session, we'd be glad to bring you up to speed. We strive to be a friendly and welcoming group at all times.


Spring 2018

Date Location Topic Session Notes
1/19/2018 800BB, Central Library XQuery Review
1/26/2018 800FA, Central Library The Model in MVC
2/2/2018 800FA, Central Library The View in MVC
2/9/2018 800FA, Central Library The Controller in MVC
2/16/2018 800FA, Central Library Deploying XQuery Apps
2/23/2018 800FA, Central Library Validating XML with XQuery
3/2/2018 Spring Break No Meeting
3/9/2018 Spring Break No Meeting
3/16/2018 800FA, Central Library XQuery Q & A
3/24/2018 No Session
3/30/2018 800FA, Central Library XQuery Q & A