[kwlug-disc] XML / XSL / XSD/ XSLT 'development' 'environment' / 'gui'?

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Wed Dec 4 17:04:00 EST 2013


My advice is: if you can avoid development that has non trivial amount of
XML, then do so, and preserve your sanity, and hair.
On Dec 4, 2013 4:32 PM, "unsolicited" <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> I know zero of xml. Lots of other languages, but haven't needed this until
> now. No development experience in a Linux environment, well, bash
> scripting. Never really made it to GUI's, either, for that matter.
>
> I'm using AbstractSpoon's ToDoList (http://www.abstractspoon.com/
> tdl_resources.html) - one of the only todolists / tools I know of out
> there that does (infinite) subtasks. Runs under wine. (At least mostly.)
>
> It stores its lists in xml (.tdl files), has provided schema (.xsd) files,
> a number of stylesheets (.xsl), and will allow one to execute the transform
> and produce an output file, e.g. .html.
>
> Printing is -definitely- not its strong suit, as its developer will admit.
>
> I'm looking for something that will let me pull all these files together,
> .xsd, .xml, .xsl, let me beat up on the .xsl into a revised .xsl (in
> essence a report template), and output that .xsl out again. For TDL to then
> use for printing.
>
> I've seen that xsltproc is out there (msxsl 'equivalent'?), but that is a
> 'filter' / pipe, not a 'development' tool. Well, other than edit a file,
> feed xsltproc a schema and xml data file to produce an html file, see
> what's wrong, edit a source file, repeat.
>
> What's out there / what am I looking for that's useful for doing this
> easier? At least list for me the data dictionary rather than visually
> deciphering it by studying the .xsd. Preferably slicking up the 'these
> inputs', 'transform', 'produces these outputs' iterations.
>
> I guess I'm looking for an 'xml report writer'. Is there such a beastie?
>
> I've heard of iReport and 'xml notepad 2007' but know nothing of them.
> Both are windows software.
>
> Not real sure what to call what I'm looking for to know what I'm looking
> for - suggestions welcome.
>
>
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