Re: Hello XQuery ... Goodbye XSLT?
>> To echo an earlier point in this thread, I think it's the recursion and >> non-procedural approach that trips up programmers accustomed to the most >> popular general-purpose programming languages, and replacing some of the >> start- and end-tags with curly braces won't change that. >I find this a little depressing. Some how I don't think one can claim >to understand programing if you don't understand recursion. Recursion >is a fundamental concept in Computer Science. I guess the real >statement is that many programmers don't understand the fundamentals >of Computer Science, and that might be even more depressing, but I >guess it isn't news... While this may be true, it's certainly a deficiency of XSLT that it often requires you to use recursion to perform tasks that are more naturally described in a non-recursive way. A programmer may be quite happy using recursion to implement tasks he thinks of as recursive, but still find it frustrating to translate, say, simple string-editing to a recursive algorithm. -- Richard
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