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* M. David Peterson <email@example.com> [2005-04-21 14:27]:
> Alan, out of curiosity have you spent any time studying Norman Walsh's
> SXPipe project?
> from the first paragraph of http://norman.walsh.name/2004/06/20/sxpipe:
> "SXPipe is a language for building Simple XML Pipelines and a Java
> toolkit that implements it. This is hardly a new idea; a quick web
> search will turn up a number of similar projects. I've written
> elsewhere about why I did it and why I think pipelines are important.
> This essay just describes SXPipe."
Yup. Relay/Varsity is a little more advanced that SXPipe. SXPipe, IIRC,
moves documents from one process to the next, while Relay will
link streams to streams, without materialization. It will
materialize documents as needed, for an XSLT processor for example.
Norman can correct me, but I think SXPipe was a proof of
concept, and he left it at that stage.
Relay/Varsity includes caching of documents, caching of
partially configured processors (i.e. compiled XSLT transforms),
and a straight-forward dependency mechanism, that cause
dependenices to be inherited from cached documents, and across
Relay/Varisty is much smaller than Cocoon, and has far fewer
dependencies. It is easy to add a processor to Relay by
implementing a few well defined interfaces. Confiugration via
the Varisty container is done using constructor or setter
injection, specified in an XML file. Caching is pretty much
automatic, as are dependencies, if you use stock protocols.
Can't compare to Obreon OXF, since I've not worked with it. Last
I checked it was proprietary, but it turns out they released it
open souce back in August.
Alan Gutierrez - firstname.lastname@example.org