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# Saturday, 03 November 2018

Recently we observed how we solved the same task in different versions of XPath: 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1.

Consider, you have a sequence $items, and you want to call some function over each item of the sequence, and to return combined result.

In XPath 2.0 this was solved like this:

for $item in $items return
  f:func($item)

In XPath 3.0 this was solved like this:

$items!f:func(.)

And now with XPath 3.1 that defined an arrow operator => we attempted to write something as simple as:

$items=>f:func()

That is definitely not working, as it is the same as f:func($items).

Next attempt was:

$items!=>f:func()

That even does not compile.

So, finally, working expression using => looks like this:

$items!(.=>f:func())

This looks like a step back comparing to XPath 3.0 variant.

More than that, XPath grammar of arrow operator forbids the use of predictes, axis or mapping operators, so this won't compile:

$items!(.=>f:func()[1])
$items!(.=>f:func()!something)

Our conclusion is that arrow operator is rather confusing addition to XPath.

Saturday, 03 November 2018 20:59:28 UTC  #    Comments [0] -
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