Re: XSLT 2.0 has arrived
Just maybe this will finally be addressed in Java 7 in 2008. I'm not holding my breath.
I do agree though that it is hard the first time you run Saxon/any java program, especially the fact that "java -jar" ignores the classpath, so you have to use "java -cp" instead.... and the different entry points - net.sf.saxon.Transform, com.saxonica.Transform etc. The fact that the actual jars need to be on the classpath, but the only directory containing the license file needs to be on it and not the licence file itself. This all makes sense if you are java programmer but no sense at all if you aren't.
In the end though it is free, and its not like you have to compromise on anything because its free - its still one of the the fastest and most conformant, and has really useful inbuilt extension functions. If you do buy the SA version, you get near instant support through the mailing list.
So you may (at worse) have to put in a couple hours reading, or fire off an email to the support list, to understand how to run it or debug a conflict, but you're getting a top product for free.....
Also, a lot of developers will be using IDEs - they will just select it from a list. Anyone not using an IDE should be relatively comfortable messing around on the command line...
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