RE: [xsl] killing xslt

Subject: RE: [xsl] killing xslt
From: bry@xxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 16:28:38 CET
> I think the real reason Microsoft aren't 
investing in XSLT is that they
> aren't making any money out of it, which 
is because they can't compete with
> free software. There are plenty of XSLT 
enthusiasts inside the company, as
> the blog indicates, but they don't have 
>any funding. 
Well this was one of the things that I saw 
as the reason for the complexity of the new 
wd, if it becomes complex enough you weed 
out the competition. 

> The sad part of this is that it pretty 
well kills XSLT on the browser, which
> always held out so much promise if only 
the interoperability problems could
> be sorted out. 
I don't know if it kills XSLT on the 
browser. There is I assume still quite a 
long time before MS will release any browser 
that is .net based.

> XQuery in its current form is no good at 
document transformation, and even
> for data, it's got much less functionality 
than XSLT 2.0. It will succeed as
> a database query language, which is what 
it's designed for, but I don't
> think it will ever threaten the space 
where XSLT is currently used.
I don't know, success of a language is often 
tied to developer intuition of its future 
viability, lack of Windows support makes for 
an argument against such viability for some 
people. It's a hit, not a knockout. hmm, 
maybe it's only a slap, but I feel hurt. 

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