Converting Wrapped .NET Objects
Saxon allows an extension function to return an arbitrary .NET object. This will then be wrapped as an XPath item, so that it can be held in a variable and passed subsequently as an argument to another extension function. This second extension function will see the original .NET object minus its wrapper, provided it is declared to expect the appropriate .NET class.
A wrapped .NET object may be converted to another data type as follows.
It is converted to a string by using its
ToString()method; if the object is null, the result is the empty string "".
It is converted to a boolean as follows: if it is null, the result is false, otherwise it is converted to a string and the result is true if and only if the string is non-empty.
The type of a wrapped .NET object may be declared in a variable declaration or function
signature using a type name whose namespace URI is
whose local name is the fully qualified name of the .NET class, with any "$" signs replaced
by hyphens. For example, the
sql:connection extension function returns a value