Re: xslt test automation
On Tue, Nov 30 2010 17:45:14 +0000, wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: ... > After reading this again I decided it doesn't give enough credit to > the excellent (and unpaid) work that has been done in this area. I > have used Xspec (by Jeni Tennison with some help from others), and I > think it's great; nor do I have anything bad to say about other > similar initiatives. > > The fact that they aren't more comprehensive than they are, however, I > attribute to the factors I mentioned, namely that the *motivation* for > a project this complex is an important consideration, both for > development and long-term support. Every project, that is, needs a > sustainability model. Sometimes it comes down to itches and scratches. XSpec probably exists because Jeni's earlier, untitled XSLT testing framework didn't properly scratch her itch for XSLT testing, particularly after seeing the BDD slant on testing, and XSpec 0.2 is mostly due to Florent having the itch to extend XSpec to handle XQuery, and a few other improvements happened along the way because people had an itch to do something. That projects aren't more comprehensive than they are may be because no-one's had the itch to do more (or they've had more urgent itches). There are myriad open-source projects, not just in the XSLT testing arena, that start as personal projects made public for other people to use and tinker with where the development plateaus when the project works well enough for the purposes of the authors. Projects don't need a sustainability model when the authors are happy with the status quo but, being open source, if you have the itch to take a quiescent project to the next level, there's often a low barrier to becoming a committer for such a project, and there's always the option of forking the code if the current project isn't going to go anywhere. Regards, Tony Graham Tony.Graham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Director W3C XSL FO SG Invited Expert Menteith Consulting Ltd XML Guild member XML, XSL and XSLT consulting, programming and training Registered Office: 13 Kelly's Bay Beach, Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland Registered in Ireland - No. 428599 http://www.menteithconsulting.com -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xmlroff XSL Formatter http://xmlroff.org xslide Emacs mode http://www.menteith.com/wiki/xslide Unicode: A Primer urn:isbn:0-7645-4625-2
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