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On Mon, 2004-12-27 at 13:31 -0800, Daniela Florescu wrote:
> >     I've gotten pretty good at assembling a SAX engine quickly by
> >     composing one using resuable strategies.
> Alan,
> you didn't answer my question. Besides the personal
> interest and fun, where there any technical reasons why
> Xquery/XSLT wouldn't have been the right choice ?
> Instead of writing Java over SAX, isn't it more convenient
> to write:
> for $x in //foobar
> where some:predicate($x)
> return my:function($x)

I'd rather write

[ myfunction(x) for x in root.xpath('//foobar') if somepredicate(x) ]

This works *as is* today in Amara toolkit, and is pretty efficient.

So why would I (or you) expect the Python developer to have to learn
some complex, entirely new programming language to achieve the same

>   and leave the smart streaming strategies to implementors
> to figure out ?

There are smart strategists implementing systems other than XQuery, you

> Did you try XQuery/XSLT and fail ? If yes, where did they
> fell short ?

I'd rather ask you, where there areas where all the many native XML
processing facilities failed for you, when you decided to develop

Python and Java came before XQuery, so I don't see why they have to be
the ones to justify themselves.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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