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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • If you need to author XSLT, I highly using GNU Emacs together with nxml-mode [thaiopensource.com]. There really is no better XML authoring environment. It validates as you go, highlighting errors in your file with a red line underneath. And it has completion of valid elements/attributes at the cursor. It rocks.

    Funnily enough, it was written by James Clark [jclark.com], who was also one of the main people behind the XSLT spec.

    -Dom

  • XSLT can easily blind someone with its excessive verbosity and the painful lack of string munging (the exact opposite of Perl, I suppose). But the tree manipulation language at the core is elegant and the XPath language underpinning it is deeply beautiful. I’ve been hacking XSLT for a while, and I love it.

    I’ve been toying with the idea of using the possibility to easily register extension functions with XML::LibXSLT [cpan.org] to make Perl’s string munging available to stylesheets. Of course, that