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Subject: Re: following-sibling is evil
From: "Dimitre Novatchev dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:42:58 -0000
Re:  following-sibling is evil
On Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM, Michael Kay mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx
<xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>    following-sibling::Book[Title eq $currentAuthor and Genre eq
>> $currentGenre][1]
> I can't see why that's obviously more efficient. They look identical to me.

The "naive" processor will perform only one and not two passes --
doing both comparisons in a single pass.

>> or probably even better (as a hint to the optimizer):
>>    exists(head(following-sibling::Book[Title eq $currentAuthor and
>> Genre eq $currentGenre]))
> Again, it's still quadratic performance if your evaluate this for every Book.

Yes, "more efficient" here is relative to the initial expression, not
in big O terms.


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