Saxon XQuery With Multiple Documents

Mashooq Badar · 14 Jan 2012

Saxon is a wonderful API for XML processing. It provides complete support for XPath, XQuery and XSLT. Although I'm always baffled with it's lack of adoption compared to Xalan and Xerces. Having said that the online documentation can definitely do with some improvement.  The following is a quick example of of how you may execute an XQuery that takes multiple XML documents as input. [sourcecode language="java"] @Test public void runXQueryWithMultipleInputDocuments() throws SaxonApiException { Processor processor = new Processor(false);

DocumentBuilder documentBuilder = processor.newDocumentBuilder();
XdmNode document =
        new StreamSource(new StringReader("<my><document>content</document></my>")));
XdmNode document2 =
        new StreamSource(new StringReader("<my><document>content2</document></my>")));

XQueryCompiler xQueryCompiler = processor.newXQueryCompiler();
XQueryExecutable xQueryExecutable = xQueryCompiler.compile(
        "declare variable $mydoc external; " +
        "declare variable $mydoc2 external; " +
        "<newdoc><doc1>{$mydoc/my/document/text()}</doc1>" +

XQueryEvaluator xQueryEvaluator = xQueryExecutable.load();

QName name = new QName("mydoc");
xQueryEvaluator.setExternalVariable(name, document);
QName name2 = new QName("mydoc2");
xQueryEvaluator.setExternalVariable(name2, document2);


} [/sourcecode] This result is an output of: [sourcecode language="xml"] content content2 [/sourcecode]


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Mash is a pragmatic software craftsman always looking to improve his software creation skills and helping others do the same. He firmly believes that a well-rounded software craftsman must have a keen interest in all aspects of software creation, including; process, people, technology, user experience, development, operation, maintenance, and social impact. He relishes the daily challenges that Codurance brings to him–stretching his existing knowledge and expertise allowing him to constantly grow as a professional.

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