[xquery-talk] polymorphism in xquery

Michael Kay mhk at mhk.me.uk
Tue Oct 28 00:10:29 PST 2003

You can write a single function that accepts a very generic type such as
item(), and do a typeswitch based on the argument supplied, but there is
no dynamic (or static) despatch mechanism that chooses from several
functions based on the actual argument supplied.
(And of course, there's no equivalent of XSLT's match templates).
Michael Kay

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Subject: [xquery-talk] polymorphism in xquery

        I am curious to know how polymorphism is currently achieved in

The Funcions spec says,
<In general, the specifications named above do not support function
overloading. Consequently, there are no overloaded functions in this
document except for legacy [XPath 1.0] functions such as string(),.....


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