[xsl] Re: XSLT model not "natural"? [was Re: [ANN] FreeMarker 2.3 as an alternative to XSLT]

Subject: [xsl] Re: XSLT model not "natural"? [was Re: [ANN] FreeMarker 2.3 as an alternative to XSLT]
From: "Dimitre Novatchev" <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 08:30:28 +0200
Maybe it is very hard for babies to start walking.

Shall we "protect" them from this difficulty and ensure they were easily
crawling around all their life?

Make a special tool/product to ensure this?


Dimitre Novatchev.
http://fxsl.sourceforge.net/ -- the home of FXSL

"Wendell Piez" <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> At 05:42 PM 6/27/2003, Mike wrote (about learning XSLT):
> >I went up this learning curve myself about 4-5 years ago. I didn't find
> >it easy. I never do find new concepts easy. I struggled when I first
> >learnt SQL, when I learnt goto-less programming, when I learnt
> >object-oriented programming - I even remember struggling the first time
> >I had to understand subroutines. But each time, I've got to the top of
> >the hill and never looked back. It's worth the climb.
> I should add that I also found it challenging -- but fun, and hence, for
> all its challenges (I remember a fever-dream I had in which I climbed
> around inside a node set until I'd figured out how to write a table-driven
> generalized node-renaming transform) -- easy.
> And I was lucky. I had the expert guidance of a sophisticated private
> (my erstwhile colleague, Tony Graham), had some DSSSL experience (you
> XSLT is hard to get your head around, you should try DSSSL!), but never
> learned Pascal.
> The bottom line is, a great deal depends, as when learning anything new,
> your attitude going in. If you dread the prospect, it'll be hard. If you
> expect to have fun learning how to get things done with a powerful new
> instrument, it'll be easy. It's in the context of this awareness that I
> bugged by all the claims of how hard XSLT is: that only becomes a
> self-fulfilling prophecy, for those unwary enough to believe it.
> Cheers,
> Wendell
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