Letter From The Editor

by Ian Small

Letter From The Editor

Welcome to the MarkLogic Developer Network

XQuery is gaining momentum every day and we at MarkLogic are excited by the new possibilities it opens up. There are vast amounts of disparately structured data that businesses work with every day that simply don't fit into rectangular databases. MarkLogic Server provides a scalable, efficient engine for indexing that kind of data and XQuery brings the expressive power to make use of it.

Like any new technology, XQuery can be intimidating and even a little baffling at first. We've launched this developer site as a resource to help those new to XQuery get past that initial awkward stage. But that's not our only aim. We also want this site to foster a vital and growing community of MarkLogic developers -- covering the full spectrum from beginner to guru -- whose members can assist and teach each other in an informal, no-nonsense setting where the needs of the developer come first.

The Lay Of The Land

Take a look at the tabs along the top of this page. They represent the top-level areas of the developer network. The first thing you'll want to do is download the Community Licensed version of MarkLogic Server. The Community version is not time limited and can be used to build real applications that you can deploy. The license will never expire. It's limited only in the amount of data it can contain (about 100MB total). The data limit is imposed by license restrictions in the free Community Edition. Should you need to upgrade, it's a simple matter of changing the license -- no re-install needed. [More]

Once you've installed MarkLogic Server, read the Technical Overview Guide and played with the sample code you'll want to visit the how-to section. There you'll learn more about what you can do with XQuery and MarkLogic Server. You'll find convenient references as well as tutorials and comprehensive documentation.

You'll have questions. If you can't find the answers in the how-to, or among the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), then visit the discussion area. You can search the archive of past discussions and signup to the mailing list so you can get answers to your specific questions. Before you know it, you'll be joining in to answer questions that other developers ask. That's how communities grow and everyone benefits when members actively participate.

Back on the download page you saw links for several software downloads. Those are the things we think you'll want to look at when you're getting started, but there's much more. Under the workshop tab you'll find our collaborative code library area. This is where we make code and tools freely available for download. Some code is contributed by us, other projects are contributed by members of the community. It's the community (that's you!) that will make the code workshop and the site overall a place you'll want to return to again and again.

Last is the reading tab. There you'll find announcements, information about upcoming events, articles, columns by regular contributors and other timely information. This is also where you'll find the RSS feed so you can be notified when we make updates [coming soon].

While we're going for a laid-back, t-shirt and jeans sort of feel, this is by no means a casual undertaking. We're serious about connecting MarkLogic developers like you building serious, real-world, content-centric applications and helping you achieve your goals.

Talk Back

The operative word here is community. Please let me know (editor@developer.marklogic.com) how you feel about this site. Join the discussions and get involved. If there's something you don't like, tell me about it -- I'll improve it. And tell me what you think we're doing right -- so I can improve that too.

Once again, welcome to the MarkLogic developer network. Thanks for visiting. Make yourself at home.

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