RE: XSLT Consulting Market?
> From: Adam Turoff [mailto:ziggy@xxxxxxxxx] > Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 8:03 AM > Subject: Re: XSLT Consulting Market? > > On Wed, Mar 05, 2003 at 07:28:50PM -0800, hnorris norris wrote: > > Is there much of a demand for high > > level XSLT development these days? > > It depends on what you mean by "high level XSLT development". :-) > > The very nature of XSLT development is vastly different than, > say, Java development. While some shops may use XSLT extensively, > I doubt that you'll ever see very many XSLT equivalents of the > canonical 100,000 line Java enterprise system. . . . unless you work here, that is; then you get both. ;-) I haven't done an actual line count, but our XSLT codebase approaches 700 files, although nearly 300 are highly redundant stylesheets converted from static HTML. These, I hope, will go away soon once we migrate our airport lookup content to XML. Still, I don't think it's a stretch to estimate our total lines of code at ~150K. And this is all for one output type (HTML). And this is just for the presentation of our consumer Web sites. Our internal admin and b-to-b tools use even more XSLT. I would agree though that we're freaks of technology and that few shops seem to use XSLT on this scale. > Companies that are using XSLT extensively tend to use a small number > of XML vocabularies (1 to 3) and generate a variety of outputs. > Alternatively, they may deal with a variety of inputs and normalize > that to a smaller number of output vocabularies. This > reduces the need > to have a team of 50 dedicated XSLT programmers. That's similar to our situation here. Our data comes from a variety of sources: structured data from a GDS, database, flat files, etc. That all gets formatted into XML and output as HTML. Dealing with one output type does help simplify things, but we *do* need a lot of formatters. (That's why we have 30 Java programmers and only 3 XSLT programmers.) cheers, b. | brian martinez brian.martinez@xxxxxxxx | | lead gui programmer 303.708.7248 | | trip network, inc. fax 303.790.9350 | | 6436 s. racine cir. englewood, co 80111 | | http://www.cheaptickets.com/ http://www.trip.com/ | XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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