[xquery-talk] arrow operator
mike at saxonica.com
Wed Aug 2 04:31:37 PDT 2017
There are even good reasons for replacing
> / with !, e.g. if you do not want to have duplicate-free and ordered
Yes, I'm advising people to do that, especially after a variable reference as in
for ... return $x/item
which hardly ever needs a sort into document order so it's better to write $x!item.
I had a case reported to me recently where $var was a sequence of three parentless element nodes and $var / item essentially randomized the order because the relative order of nodes in different trees is undefined. Much better to write $var ! item which (a) makes the result predictable, and (b) avoids the cost of an unwanted sort.
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