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RE: Performance Tuning

Subject: RE: Performance Tuning
From: "Andrew Welch" <ajwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 17:17:34 -0000
xsl performance tuning
> > The XSL that I use has  three "preceding-sibling::"
> > The time taken to parse a 150KB XML in Xalan is 1.9
> > sec and with Saxon8 its 1.6 secs.
> >
> > Since the above parsing is done frequently in my
> > application with different input XMLs. I need to
> > further reduce the transformation timing (in
> > milliseconds may be). The only bottleneck I see are
> > the 3 preceding-sibling. Can we somehow remove them
> > or
> > use some other logic, to reduce my transformation
> > time.

Rather than walk the preceding-sibling axis many times, why not perform
a single pass in a global variable and then key into that for the

So, the top-level variable:

<xsl:variable name="parentGroup">
  <xsl:for-each select="ParentGroup">
    <parentgroup id="generate-id()" pos="position()"/>

And the key:

<xsl:key name="parentGroups" match="ParentGroup" use="@id"/>

Then, instead of using count(preceding-sibling::ParentGroup), use:

<xsl:value-of select="key('parentGroups', generate-id())/@pos"/>

Remember you will need to change the context node to $parentGroup before
using the key.

If you do this, please post back any changes in performance.


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