Re: [xsl] java methods vs XSL templates

Subject: Re: [xsl] java methods vs XSL templates
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 11:49:40 -0400

At 11:17 AM 5/10/2002, you wrote:
I have requirement for functionalities like date format conversion
ie from YYYYMMDD to DD:MM:YY..
now i can write a java method that does this or i can write a xsl template that will do this.I can then store it in an utility XSL file and keep calling that template through xsl:call-templates , and pass the date as parameter and store the return value in a variable.

i however think that writing a java method is a more elegant way of doing this ,as java code is precomplied and would take less processing time.

The generic consultant's answer: "it depends".

The Java extension function is faster, makes for cleaner XSLT code, and is (arguably) more elegant.

The XSLT solution is more portable.

Accordingly, consider where and how this will be running, whether performance requirements have an impact, how and by whom it will be maintained, etc.

It's like the choice between a Jaguar and a 4WD Jeep. It depends on how the roads are where you're going and what the style is to which you would like to become accustomed.


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