Re: [xsl] Evolution of XPath - XPath 3.0 (Review)

Subject: Re: [xsl] Evolution of XPath - XPath 3.0 (Review)
From: "Dimitre Novatchev dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 15:24:32 -0000
I want to thank Hank  Ratzesberger, and Jim Fuller for their extremely
high evaluation of the XPath 3.0 course -- these can be found here:

I want to assure you all that I will continue to do my best in future
XSLT / XPath related courses and hope not to fall behind your already
so high expectations.


On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 10:44 PM, Hank Ratzesberger xml@xxxxxxxxxxxx
<xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
> You may recall that Dimitre Novatchev posted an invitation to review
> training courses he created and published on Pluralsight.  I missed an
> earlier invitation so was pleased to have another chance.
> Altogether, I'm excited by the new XPath features and it is much more
> clear to me capabilities of functional programming to create reusable
> code and solve problems with less code and fewer steps. If you are
> able to watch this training course, especially if you want to "get
> caught up" on the XPath 3.0 specification, I think you will find this
> training course very helpful.
> In general, Evolution of XPath is rather superbly written, succinct
> both in its spoken explanation and animation. I think we've all seen
> our share of Powerpoint transitions and paused to contemplate the fate
> of humanity, so I was impressed to see that the speech and
> highlighting are so well timed that not a moment is wasted.  It comes
> together quite nicely and at a good pace.
> I have considerable experience with XML, XSLT, XForms and XQuery but I
> am not an expert and had not followed the 3.0 specification closely
> because it was not within my current job's requirements. That said, I
> found the content to be thorough and I believe all (or all important)
> changes to the XPath specification are covered - it is a 4.5 hour
> course.
> If I may now digress, you may have heard the adage, "If your only tool
> is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail" and I once tweeted
> (since no only simply remarks anymore) that, "If all you have are
> nails, you can use a hammer, or rock or whatever is handy." And this
> has been my feeling and experience with XML.  I'm not sure why the
> trend has been to more and more generics in code, but generalizing
> data to the same object model and serialized output (XML) is ... not
> well understood or appreciated, it seems.
> Anyway, I've picked up some enthusiasm for XML programming and an
> appreciation for the continued efforts of the standard writers and
> programmers (and Dimitre).   Indeed, XML specification, parsers,
> tools, object interfaces, binary file translators, etc. etc. are all
> quite evolved making it a bit of a golden age for XML -- if only
> programmers knew...
> Best regards,
> Hank
> --
> Hank Ratzesberger

Dimitre Novatchev
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