Re: [xsl] best practices, insert PI with XSLT or otherwise?

Subject: Re: [xsl] best practices, insert PI with XSLT or otherwise?
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:32:52 -0500

At 05:43 AM 2/3/2010, Ken wrote:
It was a revelation to me working on a country-wide deployment of XML (the UBL standard in Denmark) when my client was informed that tens of thousands of Java developers wanted to look at the information only as filed-in data structures and not as XML. I don't know how that can be changed.

In the project I cited earlier XSLT drove all of the steps up until the end delivery until a last-minute change prompted the Java developers to inject themselves in the process because they refused to leverage the existing XSLT to add the fix.

How can Java programmers be convinced that XSLT is an appropriate language for XML?

I can't answer this question, but I think part of the problem has to do with the difference between a 3GL language like Java and a 4GL language like XSLT (if you accept this characterization). Given the difference, the choice can be seen as an either/or -- you use one approach or the other -- or as a both/and -- each approach has affordances and capabilities that make it appropriate for some subset of tasks, with an interesting grey area between where either could work and tradeoffs have to be considered, as well as, perhaps, a remainder where neither is a good fit.

The problem is that these questions are rarely assessed from a point of view that isn't already biased one way or the other. People work with only partial information: they know only what they know. Also, we have trouble learning, not only because of emotional resistance or simple incapacity (old dog syndrome), but simply out of lack of time and energy to invest.

Are there other 4GL languages complementary with Java, which Java programmers learn to rely on, and whose strategic and practical advantages they appreciate?


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