From my friends at Roanoke Valley .net User Group:

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful holiday season.

Our first meeting of the year is just two days away. The meeting is at the Roanoke County Public Safety Building and begins at 6pm.
For directions and more information visit www.rvnug.org.

Please make an effort to come out and welcome Geoff Snowman. Geoff will be presenting on Querying XML using XQuery. He has presented at many MSDN events across the country; so let's show our appreciation for his visit with a large turnout. (Tell your friends, tell your friend's friends, and if you don't have any friends - tell your coworkers).

Geoff has been a Microsoft Developer Champion for several years and recently changed jobs within Microsoft to "BPI technology specialist with the Mid Atlantic States District". We were fortunate to have scheduled with Geoff before he assumed his new duties.

**PRESENTATION ABSTRACT: Querying XML Using XQuery

It's impossible to overstate the importance of XML as a data format.
This presentation will drill down into XPath and XQuery, two of the standards from W3C that support XML. XPath allows you to identify a sub-node within an XML document. It's the standard format for searching XML documents. XQuery builds on XPath to allow selection and manipulation of sections within an XML document. Microsoft has adopted XQuery as the query language for XML documents stored in SQL Server 2005. When you read XML data from a SQL Server 2005 database, you'll typically need to use a combination of SQL and XQuery to select the XML that you require.