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   Re: [xml-dev] xPath 2.0, XSLT 2.0 ... size increase over v1.0

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Think about Java's inner classes (added in 1.1) and generics (coming
up in 1.5): those are pretty huge additions to the language too.

This being said, XPath 2.0 is mostly backward-compatible with 1.0, so
I don't see how the nature of the language is changed. Then adding
variables, iterators, and conditionals to XPath was much needed, and
not too shocking an addition to me.

But I understand that you are referring more to the issue of typing in
XPath 2.0?


Eric van der Vlist wrote:

 > On Tue, 2003-06-10 at 19:14, Erik Bruchez wrote:
 >>Also, there is a natural need for more functionality. If you were to
 >>look at the evolution of Java over the last eight years, what would
 >>you find out?  My guess is that Java has largely beaten the market
 >>growth ;-)
 > IMO, complexity is not the main point here. What's happening with XPath
 > 2.0 is that you're changing the nature of the language, like if you said
 > for Java: "the next version will not be interpreted but compiled" or
 > "the next version will be dynamically typed" or maybe more to the point
 > "you will have to provide a UML model before you can define a class in
 > the next version".
 > Eric


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