[xsl] [ANN] Saxon 8.7 is available for both Java and .NET

Subject: [xsl] [ANN] Saxon 8.7 is available for both Java and .NET
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 14:51:14 -0000
Saxon 8.7 is now available. Both Saxon-B and Saxon-SA (the schema-aware
product) are being made available simultaneously on the Java and .NET

Delivering Saxon on .NET is an important development; many users have held
back from migrating to XSLT 2.0 because of the limited availability of
products or because they had constraints tying them to the .NET platform.
The new release goes considerably further than previous Saxon.NET releases:
it integrates much more closely with other .NET services such as the
System.Xml parser, and it provides a new API designed to fit in with the
stylistic conventions of the .NET framework. Also, because this release is
delivered by Saxonica, it has been through all the same tests as the Java
product, and the documentation is fully integrated.

I have to express my appreciation to Pieter Siegers Kort, M. David Peterson
and others who pioneered the approach that has been used to create this
product; and also to Jeroen Frijters who produced the IKVMC cross-compiler
on which the technology depends. The Saxon code is still written in 100%
Java, except for the new API front-end which is in C#. The Java code is
compiled as normal, and the byte-code is then translated into native MSIL
for the .NET platform using the IKVMC compiler. Run-time library services
are obtained partly from the GNU ClassPath library, and partly from the .NET
framework classes.

I'm quite pleased with the new API, which is documented at
http://www.saxonica.com/documentation/dotnetdoc/index.html (start with the
Processor class). I think it's a lot cleaner than either the JAXP or the
System.Xml.Xsl APIs, and adopts a uniform approach to compiling and running
XSLT, XQuery, XPath, and XML Schema. I may well port it back to the Java
product in due course. 

Michael Kay

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