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Oracle 12c: XQuery Update

New, new…? No, not really new, XQuery Update (W3C standard/draft 2011) was already implemented in 11.2.0.3.0, but is now officially also announced. Besides the XQuery Full Text support (XQFT for short, W3C standard/draft 2011), this is one of the big new features in Oracle 12c. With this update XQuery functionality, the XQuery standard is further

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Hotsos 2010 – About swag, the Oscars and other stuff

Its Sunday and its raining outside. The nice weather on Saturday (approx. sunny / 20 degrees Celsius) has gone. After a decent flight on Friday where I actually made it to switch in Houston from the international Continental flight, going through customs and pick the next one, a domestic Continental Express flight, within the boundaries of 1 and 1/2 hour. I was so fast that switching for one flight to the other, that apparently my luggage didn’t manage to travel with the last flight. So after I found out that my luggage was still somewhere in Houston, I got from Dallas Love Field to the Omni Hotel in Las Colinas, Irving, where the Hotsos conference will be held again. The whole area is a bit in shambles because they are rebuilding a lot of the environment. While getting to the Grapevine Mills mall yesterday, I noticed that they also a building a new Irving Convention Center along the highway. Another addition to the already crowded Dallas/Plano/Irving Metroplex.