Re: [xsl] ANN: 'Testing XSLT' training course PDF available

Subject: Re: [xsl] ANN: 'Testing XSLT' training course PDF available
From: Steve Ball <Steve.Ball@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 07:05:34 +1100

My apologies, I missed the footnote in my initial reading of your original message. The two points I was trying to make were:

1. there are (generally speaking) two kinds of testing that need to be performed on stylesheets:
a) Black-box testing of the whole stylesheet, and
b) Unit (white-box) testing of the functions/named templates.

2. both of these testing concepts apply to XSLT 1.0 just as much as to 2.0.

Steve Ball

On 17/12/2007, at 8:31 PM, Andrew Welch wrote:

On 16/12/2007, Steve Ball <Steve.Ball@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 14/12/2007, at 11:31 PM, Andrew Welch wrote:
Personally I don't think you can unit test XSLT*, it's only really
worthwhile to test the output for a given set of inputs.

You can certainly unit test functions, as Mike Kay points out

If you include the starred footnote along with the quote, you'll see that I said that:

"* Maybe with 2.0 and user defined functions it might be worthwhile,
but to ensure your transforms are doing the right thing, I think the
only approach it to check the output for a given set of inputs."

It's a bit off to quote something that references a relevant footnote
and not include the footnote itself.

Andrew Welch

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