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Daniela Florescu wrote:
>> When you write XSLT, why is that not "hand-coded"?
> It's assembler-level "hand coding" vs. SQL-level "hand coding".
> Sure, you can see both as "hand coding" if you want...
> But do I really have to explain myself any further ?
Yes, but no.
Just taking your example of SQL-level coding.
I used to develop C/S apps and at one point I developed
an app where the DB API allowed me to use a kind
xBase API simultaneously with SQL. I was quite surprised
to lean that some of my queries were significantly
easier to understand and write using xBase (index based
iterators, linked with other iterstors if necessary)
than using SQL. The same applies to XSLT vs. SAX.
I have had good sucess using a pattern matching API
on top of SAX for complex transformations.
I did not find the task more difficult than coming
up with an XSLT based approach, although I admit
I have less experience in XSLT.