BaseX is actively developed (6.0 came out about two weeks ago), but I understand your concern. It seems like they are moving towards building more of a community around it (mailing lists and such), but yes, the core is pretty much the university team.
eXist has more plug-ins and specialty features than BaseX. BaseX has XQuery full text search and much much faster querying speed. As far as putting your eggs in a basket, I'm pretty sure that if you're looking to base your project around XML databases, you're already putting your eggs in a basket of some form... -Sean On Jan 19, 2010, at 1:00 PM, Godmar Back wrote: > On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM, Sean Hannan <shan...@jhu.edu> wrote: >> I've had the best experience (query speed, primarily) with BaseX. This was >> primarily for large XML document processing, so I'm not sure how much it >> will satisfy your transactional needs. >> >> I was initially using eXist, and then switched over to BaseX because the >> speed gains were very noticeable. >> > > What about the relative maturity/functionality of eXist vs BaseX? I'm > a bit skeptical to put my eggs in a University project basket not > backed by a continuous revenue stream (... did I just say that out > loud?) > > - Godmar