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

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Thu Dec 5 09:30:11 EST 2013


I was trying to say: think outside the box ...

For example:
- Is this application the only option out there?
- Does the application offer export into other formats better suited for
data crunching?
- If not, are there other third party tools to do that?
- What do other users of tgat application do?
- ...etc
On Dec 4, 2013 11:58 PM, "unsolicited" <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> None of this is optional. It is take in xml files, create an .xsl that
> templates the xml database into a report.
>
> On 13-12-04 05:04 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>
>> 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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