Saxonica: Latest releases

Saxon 9.7

Saxon 9.7.0.15 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 7 February 2017.

Saxon 9.7.0.14 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 2 December 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.13 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 28 November 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.12 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 22 November 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.11 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 2 November 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.10 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 21 October 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.8 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 1 September 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.7 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 15 July 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.6 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 17 June 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.5 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 12 May 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.4 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 11 March 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.3 maintenance release for Java, released 18 February 2016.

Saxon 9.7.0.2 maintenance release for Java, released 19 January 2016.

The first release in this series, Saxon 9.7.0.1 for Java, was issued 27 November 2015.

Product Headlines

  • XSLT 3.0 implementation largely complete (requires Saxon-PE or Saxon-EE): The new XSLT 3.0 Candidate Recommendation was published on 19 November 2015, and Saxon 9.7 is a complete implementation with a very small number of exceptions. Apart from general updating of Saxon as the spec has developed, the main area of new functionality is in packaging, which allows stylesheet modules to be independently compiled and distributed, and provides much more "software engineering" control over public and private interfaces, and the like. The ability to save packages in compiled form gives much faster loading of frequently used stylesheets.
  • Schema validation: improved error reporting. The schema validator now offers customised error reporting, with an option to create an XML report detailing all validation errors found. This has structured information about each error so the report can readily be customised; it has been developed in conjunction with some of our IDE partners who can use this information to provide an improved interactive presentation of the validation report.
  • Arrays, Maps, and JSON: Arrays are implemented as a new data type (defined in XPath 3.1). Along with maps, which were already available in Saxon 9.6, this provides the infrastructure for full support of JSON, including functions such as parse-json() which converts JSON to a structure of maps and arrays, and the JSON serialization method which does the inverse.
  • Miscellaneous new functions: two of the most interesting are random-number-generator(), and parse-ietf-date().
  • Streaming: further improvements to the set of constructs that can be streamed, and the diagnostics when constructs cannot be streamed.
  • Collections: In line with XPath 3.1 changes, a major overhaul of the way collections work. They can now contain any kind of item, and new abstractions are provided to give better control over asynchronous and parallel resource fetching, parsing, and validation.
  • Concurrency improvements: Saxon 9.6 already offered various options for executing stylesheets in parallel to take advantage of multi-code processors. These facilities have now been tuned for performance and made more robust, by taking advantage of more advanced concurrency features in the JDK platform. The Saxon NamePool, which could be a performance bottleneck in high throughput workloads, has been completely redesigned to allow much higher concurrency.
  • Cost-based optimization: Saxon's optimizer now makes cost estimates in order to decide the best execution strategy. Although the estimates are crude, they have been found to make a vast difference to the execution speed of some stylesheets. Saxon 9.7 particularly addresses the performance of XSLT pattern matching.

For further details, see the Saxon 9.7 Feature Matrix.

Upgrading

Saxon-EE and Saxon-PE licenses issued after 7 February 2016 will work with the current maintenance release. For those with earlier licenses, simply enter the existing license number when you reorder, and we will refund its residual value, based on when it was purchased (see Upgrades for more details).

Changes and fixes

Changes in the functionality of the product in successive releases are documented in the Change History section of the documentation. Bug fixes are documented in the bug tracker database; you can search for bugs cleared in a particular maintenance release.

Saxon 9.6

Saxon 9.6.0.10 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 2 December 2016.

Saxon 9.6.0.9 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 26 May 2016.

Saxon 9.6.0.8 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 10 December 2015.

Saxon 9.6.0.7 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 5 August 2015.

Saxon 9.6.0.6 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 5 June 2015.

Saxon 9.6.0.5 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 27 March 2015.

Saxon 9.6.0.4 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 14 January 2015.

Saxon 9.6.0.3 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 2 December 2014.

Saxon 9.6.0.2 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 13 November 2014.

The first release in this series, Saxon 9.6.0.1 for Java, was issued 2 October 2014.

Product Headlines

  • Saxon-EE and Saxon-PE support the XSLT 3.0 working draft specification (published 2 October 2014).
  • Support for XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0 (recommendations published 8 April 2014) added to the open-source product Saxon-HE.
  • Performance enhancements in selected areas.
  • Saxon 9.6 now performs localization using the ICU (International Components for Unicode), which supports many more languages.

For further details, see the Saxon 9.6 Feature Matrix.

Saxon 9.5

Saxon 9.5.1.10 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 15 April 2015.

Saxon 9.5.1.8 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 31 October 2014.

Saxon 9.5.1.6 maintenance release for Java and .NET, released 10 July 2014.

The first release in this series, 9.5.0.1, was issued 16 April 2013.

Product Headlines

  • Complete and conformant support for XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0, now in the Candidate Recommendation phase.
  • Many advances in XSLT 3.0 support (still a working draft), including more capability for streaming of large documents.
  • In Saxon-EE, multi-threading "out-of-the-box" when processing multiple input files or when generating multiple output files.
  • There are some very handy new extensions, including libraries (defined by the EXPath initiative) for handling of files and directories and ZIP archives, and a function for sending email notifications.

Saxon/C 1.0

Saxon/C 1.0.2 maintenance release for C/C++ platforms, released 5 August 2016.

Saxon/C 1.0.1 maintenance release for C/C++ platforms, released 7 April 2016.

Saxon/C 1.0.0 first major release for C/C++ platforms, released 5 February 2016.

APIs are currently available to run XSLT 2.0/3.0, XQuery 1.0/3.0, XPath 2.0/3.0 and Schema Validation from C/C++ or PHP applications. Saxon/C 1.0.0 is built from the Saxon 9.6.0.9 Java product using the Excelsior JET tool (version 11 MP1).

Saxon-C is now available in the standard Saxon range of editions: the open-source product Saxon-HE/C, and the commercial products Saxon-PE/C and Saxon-EE/C. For further information see Saxon/C.

Saxon-JS 1.0

Saxon-JS 1.0 first full release 7 February 2017.

Saxon-JS allows execution of XSLT 3.0 stylesheets in the browser. It is a run-time only product; you first need to compile the stylesheet using Saxon-EE (9.7.0.15 or later). The compiled form (called a "stylesheet export file") is an XML document in a Saxon-specific format, so you can prepare the stylesheet on a development workstation and then deploy it anywhere on the web.

Saxon-JS is planned as a replacement for Saxon-CE. It shares with Saxon-CE the ability to write interactive applications, where template rules with modes such as "ixsl:onclick" respond to user interaction. Unlike Saxon-CE, it's a new product written in pure JavaScript, which makes it much smaller and more manageable.

Saxon-JS at its first release has almost complete coverage of XPath 3.1 (including maps, arrays, and JSON), plus support for many XSLT 3.0 features such as try/catch and text value templates. To keep it small, it omits most optional features including schema awareness, streaming, and higher order functions.

For further information see Saxon-JS.

Saxon Client Edition 1.1

Saxon-CE 1.1 is open-source, released 22 February 2013.

Saxon Client Edition achieved its first production release, 1.0, in June 2012, marking the culmination of effort in porting and then wrapping the Saxon XSLT 2.0 processor core into a product fit and ready for the browser, in the era of HTML5 and the dynamic web.

Saxon-CE features interactive event-driven templates and works in any modern browser with JavaScript enabled - including mobile devices.

In February 2013 Saxonica announced that the product would be made open-source, in the hope that this would enable the technology to become mainstream, allowing every developer to produce the same kind of quality interactive applications that pioneer users of the 1.0 release have shown to be possible.

For further information see Saxon-CE.