Magpie Engineer


My own thoughts on fun with Data, MarkLogic, XQuery, fp, emacs, opencv, unix and anything shiny that catches my eye ...


  1. Not your Father's XQuery

    Last year, I embarrassed myself slightly by losing patience with someone who was blindly slagging off XSLT. What the (unnamed) individual did not realise was that they were talking about an ancient version of XSLT. We can partially blame browser built in support of v1.0 (almost to the point…


  2. Learning XQuery Resources

    a list of resources to learn XQuery curated list of Learning XQuery resources download an XQuery processor (Saxon, XQilla, Zorba) download a database that supports XQuery and start learning (MarkLogic, exist DB, basex) follow @XQuery goto great conferences (XML Prague, XML London, XML Amsterdam, XML Summer School, Balisage) free training…


  3. Giving up @XQuery, but not on XQuery

    A surprising number of people have asked me the question: 'Why did you give up the @XQuery twitter account ?' So many that I should reiterate the reasons why here. Time and space Admittedly, it takes very little time to maintain any twitter account. Even so every year I do…