Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT, Web applications, and "native XML databases"|
From: Robert Koberg <rob@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 13:38:06 -0500
From: Dave Pawson [mailto:davep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 1:17 PM To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT, Web applications, and "native XML databases"
Andrew Welch wrote:Once XSLT can work directly directly against the database, XQuery's days could be numbered.
Bit sweeping Andrew, but it always appeared as a fairly natural extension to XSLT, to have it operate on databases rather than files, to keep the dataheads happy and answer the users who want to play with dirty great datasets. I'm surprised it's not on the agenda for the WG
If you really want XSLT to work directly against the database you could use collection() to return the documents.
In Saxon, for example, you would have to write a CollectionURIResolver. I don't fully understand XMLDB, but it seems you could create an XMLDB CollectionURIResolver in Saxon and could access any XMLDB compatible database today. Or write a specialized CollectionURIResolver to any existing database you needed to access.