Re: [xsl] Re: Need some Advice

Subject: Re: [xsl] Re: Need some Advice
From: "Dave Pawson dave.pawson@xxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2022 18:19:18 -0000
Ask them to hire a procedural programmer, and resign

On Fri, 4 Feb 2022 at 18:14, Mailing Lists Mail daktapaal@xxxxxxxxx <
xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Sorry. I was a bit depressed so turning to people of my community for some
> support.
> I am having this rather crazy diacussion everyday saying why for-each
> should be used as opposed to apply-templates. Why doing multiple references
> to a complex xpath 5 times in a code in consequitive lines of code shouldbe
> done as opposed to storing the result of xpath ans using it ever timeyou
> needed. I am told "choose" with just one "when" is better than xsl:if. I am
> told string should be in quotes inside value of select and not within xsl
> text.
> Importantly i am not told any good reason for this. Other than that "we do
> it this way".
> On Fri, Feb 4, 2022, 10:00 AM Mailing Lists Mail <daktapaal@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I need some advice from you all. I have been working with XSLT for last
>> 15 years and I have now come across a contract opportunity with a financial
>> firm in Australia and I am like weeks into it. I was told that the clients
>> are bound with XSLT1.0 and XSLT 2.0 does not work. I was wondering why it
>> does not work. I asked if they used MS parser etc. and nothing of that sort
>> is happening. When I looked into the code i figured why xslt2.0 wont work.
>> it wont because of the wrong coding. xml elements are coded as text using
>> &lt; and &gt; and the text  is not in the xsl:text and  xpaths are  all
>> unbelievable . No one with even 1 year of exp with xslt will even fathom
>> such xpaths. there are circular xpaths, no keys .. no variables. using the
>> same complicated xpaths over and over again in consecutive lines of code.
>> and its all a mess. Super mess and it makes me cry.  So messed up that you
>> can not format the code because you will break the spacing in the text
>> nodes..The reasoning.? The one who did the initial work was a contractor
>> who did not know Xslt.
>> part 2 of the story..
>> I started coding and I have a muscle memory of doing the things in a
>> certain way ( hopefully the right way ).. I was pulled in into a meeting
>> saying that my code is messed up and that I am doing things the way that is
>> against the coding standards practice of company .. every line of the code
>> was changed to how they do it/// . keys removed, xsl:text removed, and
>> every nightmare i imagine was asked to make and by me. I checked in the
>> code now they way they do, knowing very well that it is messy..
>> I am pulled everyday and told that my XSLT coding is not correct. I have
>> always stood as the XSLT conscience and people have learnt from me. Not
>> blowing trumpets of myself, but the current situation is very basic very
>> very basic. I did not do these mistakes on my first job with no experience.
>> What do I do??
>> 1.Resign and let them be as they want to ?
>> 2. continue and do the coding the way they want and hopefully I will get
>> used to it in a couple of months and I suffer until then
>> My heart breaks here to see the attitude that someone is holding my hand
>> to make me do bad things..... The attitude is clear. "you shall do as we
>> say". You can chuck your XSLT coding practices..
>> Makes me remember a contractor who came home to cut trees. I asked him to
>> do it a certain way and he said he wouldn't do it even if I gave him 2000
>> GBP.
>> Please advice.
>> Dr. Tapaal Dakota
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