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Re: [xml-dev] 3 Sins of XML Usage

On Fri, 2012-10-26 at 10:19 +0100, Norman Gray wrote:
> Roger, hello.
> On 25 Oct 2012, at 17:46, "Costello, Roger L." <costello@mitre.org> wrote:
> > Sin #1: Using Java to Process XML 

> XSLT is an attractive language in many ways, but it's sufficiently
> syntactically nasty that I always end up grinding my teeth if I write
> more than a relatively small amount of it.  One can over-sell the case
> for XSLT.
You might find you happen to prefer XQuery.

> And I know that XPath is a distinct language, but (possibly my
> ignorance) I'm not aware of many opportunities to use that outside the
> context of XSLT.

You can use XPath directly from Java without involving XSLT if you like.

XPath is also available from Python, Perl, PHP, C, C++, JavaScript, SQL,
and many other languages.

Most languages provide XPath 1, which is rather old, but there are also
XPath 2 (or XPath 3 draft) implementations floating around.


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