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From "Dmitri Plotnikov" <>
Subject Re: JXPath, beans and the count function
Date Fri, 28 Jul 2006 01:24:58 GMT

Perhaps a custom extension function could be used instead of "count(list)" 
to resolve the issue.

- Dmitri

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Simone Gianni" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:47 PM
Subject: JXPath, beans and the count function

> Hi there,
> we are developing paginated repeater for Cocoon. The cocoon repeaters
> uses JXPath in their binding so that they can work on beans and XML
> documents.
> The goal for us is to display a very long list of elements from a
> collection not fetching the entire content of the collection. This is
> expecially useful when the collection is backed by a persistence layer
> like hibernate or similar, and you have a very big rowset (we are
> testing on an application with a list with 11000 elements in it).
> Now, one key element for every pagination system is to retrieve the
> total amount of items in the list. We tried to accomplish this with a
> count(pathToList). Actually we have a bean having a getList method
> returning a java.util.List instance, so we try count(list/*) ,
> count(list), count(list/something), and we would expect JXPath to call
> getList().size(). This is quite critical, because the list
> implementation knows how to retrieve the number of rows without actually
> fetching all the rows from the underlying dataset.
> Unfortunately, what hapens is different. The
> CoreFunction.functionCount() method does not recognize it as a
> Collection, but as a EvalContext instead, and iterates on all the lines
> to count the items (actually is the EvalContext.hasNext() method that
> iterates on the entire collection).
> What's strange is that there is a check in CoreFunction.functionCount()
> to see if a Collection is in place and eventually call the
> Collection.size() method, but this seems like it's never happening.
> Could you please help us? Is it a JXPath bug or are we completely
> missing something?
> TIA, regards,
> Simone Gianni,
> Matthias Epheser
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