Thursday 24 June 2010

XQDT: Notes for installing the current Milestone on Eclipse Helios

These are the steps I used in order to get the current XQDT milestone running with Eclipse Helios:

1. Install Helios (I tested this with the J2EE edition)

2. Install DLTK 1.0.2 Core Runtime (Locally):

3. Install the latest Milestone (Locally):

Wednesday 23 June 2010

MarkLogic: XQuery: performance with Maps

Fastest way to check membership of a specific key-pair within a map:

Monday 21 June 2010

Java: Using Jersey with JAXB to output XML or JSON.

A very brief (and simple) example of the principle behind harnessing Jersey's content negotiation ability whilst taking advantage of JAXB to marshall a bean from a Java Object to XML/JSON:

And the resource:

Testing the resource(s) using curl:

Which would yield:


Which would yield:

Friday 18 June 2010

MarkLogic: XQuery: hacking the position() - a basic example

I'd been wondering whether there was a way in a FLWOR statement to get the index position. I'd tried a few things that I'd hoped might work but I couldn't find a decent way to get back to the context whenever I got to the return portion of the statement.

It became apparent that in some (not all) contexts, I could rely on this example as a quick (and cheap) workaround:

Yields this:

Update - John Snelson advised me on the correct way to deal with position in XQuery - using for and at when starting the FLWOR statement:

Also worth considering:

And another useful positional trick, suggested by Jason Booth:

Monday 14 June 2010

MarkLogic: XQuery: and / and-not query examples

Structure for a query where the a document is selected based on two attribute values (and):

And to match where they're not the same (and-not):

MarkLogic: XQuery: UNIX Timestamp to xs:dateTime Conversion

A hopefully useful note for anyone in the situation where they need to convert from UNIX time to an XML dateTime()

First, to get a timestamp:

Which should return something like:

In cq/DQ, declare the following function:

Which can be run like so:

And should give you:

The XQuery code was taken (and updated for 1.0-ml) from this module:

Friday 11 June 2010

MarkLogic: XCC/J: Passing a node() into a Query as an external variable

I'd noticed that the MarkLogic XCC drivers don't appear (at first glance) to allow you to pass an Object as a node() into a query. From a bit of research and some testing, I'd found that it would allow you to pass a String (as an xs:string) as an external variable - and from there - this can be converted into a document-node() using xdmp:unquote()

So if you're using XCC/J with MarkLogic and you want to pass a node() into a Query, here's a brief example of how you could achieve such a thing:

Some example XML:

Some example XQuery:

And putting it all together, one Java class containing everything:

In your MarkLogic ErrorLog.txt, you should something like this:

Wednesday 2 June 2010

MarkLogic: XQuery: Typeswitching based on input "type"

In a previous post I'd created on Function Overloading in XQuery, there has been a brief discussion (so far) on whether you can overload functions based on type.

This was the given example:


Throws this:

Which appears to be part of the spec:

Is there a workaround? The only way around this issue that I know of right now is to use a typeswitch:


Will give you the expected results - albeit at the cost of having to write (and manage) more code.