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...


On Jan 19, 2010, at 1:00 PM, Godmar Back wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 10:09 AM, Sean Hannan <> 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

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