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   RE: [xml-dev] Early Draft Review: XQuery for Java (JSR 225)

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> The issue is relevant to ad hoc queries but it's moot for 
> repetitive queries,
> such as for generating a monthly publication. 

That statement confuses me, and not only because Americans appear to use the
word "moot" in the opposite of its original English sense of "arguable".

The benefit of a string interface is that it gives looser coupling between
systems. The benefit of a custom syntax/protocol is that it gives earlier
validation. The experience of the last few years is that loose coupling
tends to win, across most application scenarios. Hence XML.

Michael Kay


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