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What is XQuery doing wrong and why does it getignored !?

alain.couthures at agencexml.com alain.couthures at agencexml.com
Thu Jul 22 11:11:29 PDT 2010

  What is XQuery doing wrong and why does it
	getignored !?

I have already implemented an XPath 1.0 engine with XSLT 1.0 and Javascript in XSLTForms (http://www.agencexml.com/xsltforms): XSLT 1.0 is used at client-side to compile XPath expressions into Javascript objects methods calls.

This engine will be extended to XPath 2.0 because of future XForms specifications and I think that XQuery could also be interpreted that way, don't you think?



  On 7/22/2010 2:50 PM, John D. Mitchell wrote:
> One of Brett's points was the XQuery implementation(s) aren't part of 
> any of the standard, el-cheapo shared hosting bundles is partially a 
> cost issue but I think the emphasis to take away there is that 
> chicken-n-egg thing.

Yes, and I can't speak to what the overall take-up might be if it were 
present, but I know at least I'd like to play with it. :)

Also, I think there are plenty of cases where someone has just not taken 
the time to make the opportunity exist for those who are not already 
willing to go to some length to use it, and a lot of people are just 
waiting for someone else to make it available.

Also happens with public policy: neighboring villages in China didn't 
share a common language before this century (and our world still doesn't 
have an official world auxiliary language that is taught in all schools 
of the world at an early age). Doesn't mean people wouldn't eagerly use 
it once it was available to them, but there is that initial inertia to 

Or people haven't thought of it. The web itself could no doubt have been 
invented earlier, for example, had someone thought of it earlier.

I guess it remains to be seen what XQuery's uptake would be, but I for 
one would like to see it given a chance. If anyone is interested to help 
out, maybe I will start work on a JavaScript XQuery engine, or at least 
get a parser going. Maybe that fact alone will motivate people to offer 
assistance to ensure that it is implemented with at least some degree of 
real competence. :)




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