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Re: Cost of complex match patterns

Subject: Re: Cost of complex match patterns
From: "Vladimir Nesterovsky" <vladimir@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 02:39:58 -0700
Re:  Cost of complex match patterns
> > In Saxon, //bar is handled by an index, so exists(//bar) should be quite
> > fast after the first time (when the index is built).
> 
> What about:
>
> <xsl:template match="foo">
>   <xsl:choose>
>     <xsl:when
test="ancestor::*/@type = 'a'">
>      ....
>     <xsl:when
test="ancestor::*/@type = 'b'">
> 
> vs
> 
> <xsl:template
match="foo[ancestor::*/@type = 'a']">
> 
> <xsl:template
match="foo[ancestor::*/@type = 'b']">
> 
> 
> Would you say the two are
roughly equivalent, or are there other
> subtle differences?

In my opinion
it worth to resolve tasks in xslt in a way that 
is easier for human
understanding.
It's an implementer's responsibility to run it smoothly.
Xslt is much more closer to a declarative language than to an assembler.
--
Vladimir Nesterovsky
http://www.nesterovsky-bros.com/

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