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   [Active Tags] Have the RefleX !

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  • Subject: [Active Tags] Have the RefleX !
  • From: Philippe Poulard <Philippe.Poulard@sophia.inria.fr>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 19:54:58 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.text.xml,fr.comp.text.xml
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People that are intersting in native XML programming can download the 
RefleX engine freely here :
RefleX is available under the french license CeCILL, which is almost the 
same as the well-known GNU GPL.

RefleX is a Java tool that allows people that have no particular 
knowledge of Java to write smart programs entirely in XML ; however, the 
most brave fellows could also design their own tags and plug them to the 
engine ! (I'll write a step-by-step "How-To" in few days)

The concepts of native XML programming used in RefleX have been designed 
separately, so that other implementations on other platforms/languages 
can be considered.

Why programming in XML ?

At INRIA, we have experienced RefleX on a *real* operational project, 
and it appears that :
-the code is very easy to produce
-the amount of code produced is very tiny
Despite the intrinsic verbosity of XML, the expressiveness of XPath 
(which is used intensively in Active Tags) and the ability to declare 
complex processes exposed as simple tags makes Active Tags programs very 

Active Tags has been designed like a programming language : it offers 
several libraries (called modules) for different purpose : system 
interactions, I/O, SQL, Web, etc and allow users to define simply their 
own libraries, but Active Tags differs from other programming languages 
in many ways... read more on the Active Tags website or on the RefleX 
web site !


You'll find on the RefleX web site some tutorials that are showing the 
traditional "hello world" example, how to publish an entire XML 
repository to HTML, how to map SQL to XML, how to design an MVC 
architecture, and how to play with datatypes and PSVI ; most of them are 
available in batch mode as well as in a Web application ready to run.

Don't say anymore that Santa Claus doesn't exists !

Enjoy !


           (. .)
|   Philippe Poulard    |


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