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Re: What niche is XQuery targeting?

jonathan pawson
On Thu, 2004-12-02 at 10:29 -0500, Jonathan Robie wrote:
> The first niche is programming with XML. XQuery makes programming with 
> XML easier because it directly supports the things that matter most for 
> XML - construction, path expressions, and restructuring with FLWOR. This 
> is true of XSLT too, but (1) XSLT has not been successfully optimized 
> for large data stores, (2) some programmers don't wrap their brains 
> around XSLT, either because of the syntax or the heavily recursive 
> programming idioms.
> The second niche is data integration, where the ability to translate 
> XQuery into other systems is very important.
> XSLT is the Lisp of native XML programming. XQuery is ... more like a 
> SQL with report writing capabilities.
> Jonathan


1. Xquery is not XML AFAIK.
2. Heavily recursive programming in XSLT is far less common that it
seems to be perceived here.
3. XSLT was written in XML since the Lisp'ish Scheme used in DSSSL was
perceived as 'ard.

Your bias is showing Jonathan.
More than mine?

regards DaveP

Dave Pawson
XSLT + Docbook FAQ


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