Update: Something just occurred to me. As far as I can tell, it has taken longer to finish the development of the XSLT 2.0, XPath 2.0, and XQuery specs than it has to finish the development of Windows Vista.
In other words, its taken longer to agree upon how to implement the next generation XML processing technologies, a small subset of the much larger computer programming language universe (many of which are supported on Vista, btw…), than it has to build an entire phreakin’ operating system. And Vista took a LONG PHREAKIN’ TIME!
I’m not criticizing — much love in this heart of mine for the XSLT, XPath, and XQuery WG’s (though something tells me that love ain’t reciprocated ;) — *MUCH LOVE* — Just pointing out a simple fact.
Maybe for version 3.0 of the specs we should see how much of the 2.0 specs we can take away? (A man can dream, can’t he!?)
Update: Title was: “Ready For The XSLT 2.0, XPath 2.0, and XQuery Specifications To Go Golden?” but for what should be obvious reasons, I realized that “Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication” is really more appropriate for the occasion.
NOTE: If ever you have wondered where on earth I came up with the x2×2x acronym (of which I often shorten to X5 (X^2+X^2+X=X5) and use as part of user names, graphics, etc…), and what on earth it stood for…
X(SLT) 2(.0), X(Path) 2(.0), and X(Query)
And for those of you who are now left staring blankly at the screen, thinking to yourself (or saying out loud for that matter) “Dude, seriously… you need help.”,
That’s good advice. I’ll look into that right away. Thanks for the tip!
In the mean time, it seems that the rumors that Michael Rys drank one too many glasses of Kool-Aid at Microsoft’s Christmas party last year (a rumor which I just made up on the fly, by-the-way, though I’m not suggesting its not true, and instead its possible that it might not be 100% accurate. ;) and was last seen boarding the MotherShip back to wherever the MotherShip takes you back to (Sirius maybe?) are either a complete fabrication (Possible? Yes! Probable? I’ll leave this as an exercise for the reader. :), or Microsoft has built a ship capable of speeds 16 +/- 1/2 year times that of the speed of light.
Again, left as an exercise for the reader.
With that — I offer the following that Microsoft *truly has* has built a ship capable of speeds 16 +/- 1/2 year times that of the speed of light (as well as evidence that it might be time to look into Kurt’s advice and start taking those meds again ;),
Report from the W3C XQuery and XSLT WG Meeting
I hope I still have some readers… Sorry for having been quiet over the last year. I will post more what I have been up to in a later post. Today I am posting some good news from the W3C XQuery and XSLT working group meeting:
A year after going into Candidate Recommendation (and after we shipped SQL Server 2005), the working group just finished triaging the last feedback against the XQuery and XSLT family of specs. This means that the technical work for XQuery 1.0, XPath 2.0 and XSLT 1.0 has been completed (wink wink, nudge nudge - say no more ;-)).
And with all of this — The question now begs to be asked…
Oh, wait… Wrong question.
Question: Is X2X2X really and truly soon to become fully fledged members of the W3C recommendation club?
If yes —
It’s about damn time!
Enjoy your Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication-enhanced (aka X2X2X) day!