[FoRK] SPARQL: Five-year wait for Amazon book?

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Fri Jun 8 11:55:46 PDT 2007

I think SPARQL is great, and I already think of it as being preferred over SQL
(although I have a sneaking suspicion that it does not completely subsume SQL
yet).  It is however not complete or the ultimate in a graph query language.  In
particular, it delegates many interesting capabilities, such as the effect of a
regular expression graph query capability, to hidden reasoning layers that are
implicitly invoked by a particular SPARQL query.

While an interesting way to punt for W3C, I find that unsatisfying in a couple
ways.  Still, it is kind of fun to evolve data models and queries between a pair
of developers without having to rewrite previous code, etc.


Matt Jensen wrote:
> Google told me there's a book coming about SPARQL, the Semantic Web
> language.  When I went to Amazon...
> http://www.amazon.com/SPARQL-Handbook-Janne-Saarela/dp/0123695473
> ...it tells me it's due to be published "Dec. 12, 2012"!
> On the positive side, I can lock in the price now and avoid five years
> of inflation.  On the negative side, I think that month is when the
> Mayan calendar says the world will end. So to maximize the remaining
> time, I'll probably want to spring for overnight shipping.
> Matt Jensen
> http://mattjensen.com
> Seattle
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