Re: Newbie question on XSL and lists

Subject: Re: Newbie question on XSL and lists
From: Mike Brown <mike@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 08:41:56 -0600 (MDT)
David Carlisle wrote:
> > Beginner rule #1 *NEVER* use xsl:for-each
> why not ?

To paraphrase what Chris said, to break procedural programmers of their
bad habits. Even though this is not what it does, it is easy for beginners
to think of xsl:for-each as a way of circumventing XSLT's template
processing model, which isn't obvious to someone who just knows some
JavaScript and has seen a few XSLT code samples. Speaking from experience,
here... "ah, a friendly loop control mechanism.. now I know how to get at
those 'tags' in my document. screw this esoteric node tree,
apply-templates, template match patterns, import precedence,
built-in-templates stuff" :)

   - Mike
Mike J. Brown, software engineer at         My XML/XSL resources: in Denver, Colorado, USA 

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