Re: SS Scripting vs XSL
Hi Jim, jimtronic wrote: > I'm curious ... What is the benefit of using XSL when you could parse > and display XML using a server side scripting language like jsp or > php? JSPs are good for generating HTML on a smarter mail-merge model (the XSLT people call it the "pull" model). And obviously they're great for when you need to get a lot of general-purpose programming language features, like talking to the operating system. XSLT has at has advantages in at least two cases. The first is any case where you have a "push" transform - where you want the structure of the incoming data to drive the construction of the output. XSLT allows you to define templates which match particular incoming patterns and process them. The second is that XSLT programs are themselves XML, and therefore appropriate input or output for XSLT. Yesterday I helped some colleagues write a two-phase transform for a tricky requirement. I haven't tried this in JSP but it doesn't look like something I'd want to try. Francis.
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