The combination of xml and XSLT is great. I personally like to use it in all my projects . Its working great . Use of xslt helps to reduce development and time and super in maintainability .
In general screnario, we have a xml document which has some node and value . We write a xslt to transform it into some other format (xml,html ). This works great till the time it does not meet the real devil..
I have written a simple xslt for it
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<xsl:stylesheet version=”1.0″ xmlns:xsl=”http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform“>
and I have a simple below mentioned xml
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<CompanyName>C & D</CompanyName>
Now if we run this transformation by adding “xml-stylesheet type=”text/xsl” href=”test.xslt”?>”
This will crash my xslt .
Replace CompanyName tas as < ! [ CDATA[ C &D ]]>
Thats it !!
In todays advance application development , everyone want things easier , faster , reliable . In this case Intelligence in the various IDE’s are playing a major role. Just imagine you go to the office and start your Visual Studio IDE ( for example) and you have a lot to finish by end of the day … and oops .. some how today your IDE is little angry with you and it has stopped its intelligence services for you (just for one day 😉 )
At this point we are kinda helpless , off course it doesn’t mean that we cannot proceed with out work but off courseit will take a little bit extra time and most of the times there will be more syntactical errors too.. and imagine if you have to make xml document….
So today i have decided to write this post about how you can make your xml document intelligent ..This is off course not a rocket science but it’s just works great.
So here we go ::::::
(1) I have created a new web application project in my favourite IDE VS2008 .
(2) Now add an empty excel document to your solution .
(3) Open this document and see there is no intelligence . it would be really nice if i know in advance (with the help of intelligence) what all possible node i have to enter in this document . Offcourse in most of the cases we have a schema for all XML docs . So right-click on your xml document and set the Schema property by browsing a respective schema for this xml document .
Here, in this example i am adding the configuration schema for Nhibernate , and voilaaaa…. Now my dumb xml document has become smart and i have the intelligence..
Hope this will help 🙂