Saxon on .NET
Since version 8.7, Saxon has been available on both the Java and .NET platforms. This section of
the documentation describes aspects of Saxon that are specific to the .NET platform.
The Saxon source code is written in Java. It has been ported to the .NET platform by cross-compiling
the bytecode produced by the Java compiler into the MSIL code used on .NET, and adding various components
designed to integrate Saxon fully into the .NET environment. These additions include:
Addition of command-line interfaces
Addition of a front-end API suitable for calling Saxon from .NET languages such as C#, VB.NET, or ASP.NET
Internal changes within Saxon to take advantage of services offered by the .NET Common Language Runtime,
for example collation support, regular expression support, URI handling, and XML parsing.
Both the basic and schema-aware versions of Saxon are available on .NET, with the same functionality as the
Installation of Saxon on the .NET platform is described at Installation (.NET).
Validate have the same format
as their Java counterparts. They are described in the following places:
An introduction to the API for Saxon on .NET is provided at Saxon API for .NET;
full specifications are available here.
For information about writing extension functions using .NET languages, see
Writing extension functions for .NET.