[MonetDB-users] Is there a Front End for SPARQL to MonetDB Backend

Fabian Groffen Fabian.Groffen at cwi.nl
Fri Dec 21 10:22:01 CET 2007

On 19-12-2007 11:18:06 -0800, sateesh wrote:
> HI All,
>   I am wondering whether any effort is made to build a frontend which
> accepts SPARQL Queries and convers them into MIL for the Monet Back-end ??
>   Or how difficult to use MIL Directly in a Programming language like Java??
> (Which is basically developing the front-end)
>   If such front-end accepts either SQL or XQuery etc then it has to be a
> Query Parser and Optimizer . How ever if it uses MIL Directly then i guess
> we don't need a Query Parser and Optimizer..!!

JDBC can send MAL (or MIL) queries, but you have to enable this manually
using the language=mal URL argument.  Also when you do, it is your job
to make sure no protocol violations occur.  The latter is not always
trivial, but shouldn't be so hard either.  Because this route really
requires some in-depth knowledge of the Mapi protocol and MAL language,
JDBC doesn't offer it as a supported language.

>  Any comments or info reg SPARQL Related front-ends will be of great help

I have been told there are movements on this front to make an SPARQL
implementation, but those are not planned for the (very) short term.

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