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A Chinese query language Chiql: design and evaluation

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4 Author(s)
Meng Xiaofeng ; Inst. of Data & Knowledge Eng., Renmin Univ. of China, Beijing, China ; Wang Shan ; Kam-Fai Wong ; V. Lum

Chiql, an unconventional Chinese Database Query Language, is specially designed to be easily used by the naive and casual as well as expert users with Chinese background. In order to satisfy the requests of the Chinese user, we first depict the design principles of Chiql. Considering this, the language design and definition are described. Chiql supports restricted natural Chinese expressiveness, procedural query style and relational completeness. This facility renders Chiql simple to use and easy to remember. In order to verify the extent to which these objectives are satisfied by Chiql, we have conducted a series of evaluations to examine the language's expressiveness and ease of use. The result of this experiment is positive and clearly shows that the Chiql language fits the criteria of easy to use, easy to remember and easy to understand

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Software Engineering: Education & Practice, 1998. Proceedings. 1998 International Conference

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26-29 Jan 1998