re: syntax feedback
Hi. I think this sort of comment is going to be steadily on the increase as a broader range of developer becomes involved with XML/XSL. Personaly I find the XSL pattern syntax wonderfuly simple and expressive, but I suspect that may be due to the fact that as a Web designer I'm used to thinking of structural descriptions in terms of mark-up, and element relationships within such. I think C++ developers and the like may simply have a paradigm shift to undergo when moving to XML/XSL. I would add that my own experience at work as we move to XML/XSL, and conversing with C/C++ developers here, is that it's not a safe assumption that the petently obvious will be so to somebody not used to working daily with mark-up. Now, like yourself, these too are smart people, and engage in development that goes way over my head. Maybe developers comming from the background of rigidly typed languages find the descriptive/declarative, make it up as you go along approach of mark-up and styling analagous to Hippy radicalism in the 60s :) The only advice I can give is that you might find it helpful to actualy picture the XML mark-up in your head when considering XSL patterns. Good luck Guy. xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on 12/12/98 12:04:02 AM To: slawton@xxxxxxxxxxxx cc: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (bcc: Guy Murphy/UK/MAID) Subject: re: syntax feedback >I find the XSL pattern syntax confusing. me too! I find it appalling and intimidating. I've never been a good abstract logic or math person, but I've done well with application frameworks and cross-platform c++ so I've got fair proof that I'm not stupid, just think differently from the people who understand this stuff. I wonder if the design reflects the academic thinkers driving the process? [SNIP] XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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