[xquery-talk] xquery & web server in browser

Michael Kay mike at saxonica.com
Wed Jun 17 16:42:02 PDT 2009

There are a lot of people keen on the idea of xquery in the web browser.

Unfortunately, though, I think there's a bit of a conflict. A lot of the
benefits of the web architecture come from the fact that the browser is
small, ubiqitous, and predictable. The more goodies you put in it, the less
that remains true. And the less it is true, the harder it is to write
applications that will run anywhere and talk to anything. This is why, after
ten years, writing applications that rely on XSLT-in-the-browser can still
be problematic, as recently discussed on the xml-dev list.


Michael Kay


> -----Original Message-----
> From: talk-bounces at x-query.com 
> [mailto:talk-bounces at x-query.com] On Behalf Of Gary Lewis
> Sent: 17 June 2009 15:14
> To: talk at x-query.com
> Subject: [xquery-talk] xquery & web server in browser
> I'm a new member of the talk list and am uncertain that my 
> question is appropriate. Please ignore if it is off topic.
> Can anyone comment on the possibility that xquery could be 
> used as a data integration/mashup tool running in a browser 
> that included a web server? There's been quite a bit of 
> excitement the past couple days about the Opera Unite 
> announcement of its "web server in a web browser" concept. Is 
> it possible that xquery, as a 
> query/integration/transformation tool, might someday be a 
> plugin to a browser (eg, Chrome; Chrome/Wave)?
> I'm asking out of ignorance more than anything. The dots seem 
> to be there for the connecting, but I guess that's what I'm 
> asking ... are the dots there, are they likely to be 
> connected, or is it just wishful  thinking?
>  Just so you have some orientation as to where this question 
> is coming from. I'm basically a data user ... someone who 
> uses tools like SQL and XQuery and R to do analysis with 
> data. In the course of doing this, I've stretched into the IT 
> side of things and designed enterprise data warehouses etc. 
> So my interest in xquery-in-a-web-server-browser is so I can 
> do cool things with data.
> I'm not interested in actually creating an xquery plugin that 
> would make this possible. I wouldn't even know how to start.
> Thanks.
> Gary
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