[xquery-talk] Shortest XQuery quine

David Sewell dsewell at virginia.edu
Tue Jun 24 13:38:33 PDT 2008

XQuery is one of those languages in which it's possible to write a
one-character quine (assuming you set the serialization options as

For example, using Saxon in a Unix-ish environment:

  echo 1 > quine.xqy
  java net.sf.saxon.Query quine.xqy \!method=text

produces the output "1".

(What other common languages similarly accept as input a single literal
value that is returned in output?)

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