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   Re: [xml-dev] Anyone wanna speculate about what this means?

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On Sun, 16 Feb 2003 20:28:26 -0800, Charles White <chuck@tumeric.net>  

> I think I made a fair inference, and I would also argue that XSLT isn't
> unapproachable to the average XML developer.

I tend to agree with Dare here.  XSLT requires some mental gymnastics that 
are difficult for ordinary procedural programmers (such as moi, to be 
honest) to get used to.  I used to think I was just particularly dumb on 
this score, but I've heard from plenty of XML newbies (and, ahem, a few 
veterans with a couple of beers under their belt) who just run into a brick 
wall when they try to do something non-trivial in XSLT.  I'm thinking that 
I think my condition may be fairly widespread, and for what it's worth, 
XQuery's approach seems much more easily understandable to at least this 
one XSLT-challenged person.

That's not to say that there's  anything wrong with XSLT, just that having 
a roughly equivalent technology that is more approachable by a 
conventionally trained developer (XQuery for SQL folks, a Javascript or X# 
with built in XML support for procedural folks, whatever) might indeed make 
XML more popular as a data model/syntax to be exposed rather than hidden 
behind wizards and GUIs.     


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