Re: [xsl] Re: ANN: A static code quality tool, for XSLT code

Subject: Re: [xsl] Re: ANN: A static code quality tool, for XSLT code
From: "Mukul Gandhi" <gandhi.mukul@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:07:46 +0530
Hi Alain,
   Thanks for suggesting this rule. I feel it's a useful rule.

I have added this rule to the utility I posted, and have made changes
to the site.

You could test it, and let me know if it works fine ...

On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 12:41 AM, Alain <alainb06@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello Mukul,
> congratulations, it's very nice and useful !
> I don't know if it's considered "good practice" or not, but a trap I have
> often gone into is this one.
> <xsl:variable name="pass1">
> <!--
>     Some code for "Pass 1"
>  -->
> </xsl:variable>
> <xsl:apply-templates match="pass1/foo"/>
> The example is so simple here, it's quite obvious that what I meant was
> probably
> $pass1/foo
> and not
> pass1/foo
> But of course the XSLT engine won't complain as the syntax is totally
> correct.
> It will apply templates on any matching pass1/foo child from the current
> location... which generally won't match anything if you just forgot the $
> sign !
> So it's a very difficult typo to catch as everything runs smoothly but does
> not produce the expected result.
> And even if you write this code on purpose, it's a very confusion code, and
> I'll find it hard to maintain (I mean naming a variable something and
> matching nodes having the exact same name in the same context), you could
> issue a "Warning" in such a case.
> 21. AreYouConfusingVariableAndNode
> I suspect the template to trap that is not too complicated in respect to
> what you already did !
> Cheers
> Alain.

Mukul Gandhi

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