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From Kris Schneider <k...@dotech.com>
Subject Re: JSTL XML tags performance
Date Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:42:29 GMT

You may be interested to read through this bug:


The release notes for Standard 1.1.1 contain the following in the section
"September 2003 • Standard 1.1.0-B1":

Our dependency on jaxen and saxpath has been removed by switching our XPath
support to Xalan.

So, my guess is that returning to Jaxen is unlikely. In fact, I would expect the
plan is to move towards standardizing on JAXP 1.3 and the javax.xml.xpath API.
As for fixing the performance issue, I believe that can done without reverting
to Jaxen, but I haven't spent enough time in that part of the codebase to say
for sure.

Quoting Flavio Tordini <f.tordini@kataweb.it>:

> hi all,
> The performance of the JSTL XML 1.1 tags is really poor. Version 1.0 was much
> faster maybe because it used Jaxen and it cached parsed XPath statements, 
> while the current Xalan based implementation does not.
> Since some of my pages were too slow, I tried to restore the 1.0 code in 
> XPathUtil.java and managed to recompile. I discovered that the tags are now 
> 100 TIMES FASTER! A modified XPathUtil and a test JSP are attached.
> (I also put a compiled webapp at: 
> http://purl.org/net/flavio/jstl-test.tar.gz )
> Basically it's the same XPathUtil from version 1.0.6 but some methods throw 
> JspTagException instead of SAXPathException.
> What the developers are planning to do about this performance problem?
> What are the reasons behind the switch from Jaxen to Xalan?
> And finally... Will you accept my patch and go back to Jaxen?
> regards,
> Flavio Tordini
> P.S. the patch also fixes bug 30068
> http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=30068

Kris Schneider <mailto:kris@dotech.com>
D.O.Tech       <http://www.dotech.com/>

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