Abel Braaksma

It's the little things that matter

How certain small changes in XSLT 3.0 can improve your programming experience drastically

Abel Braaksma (Abrasoft)


Some larger features of XSLT 3.0 and by extension XPath 3.0, like higher order functions, packages and streaming, have been covered extensively in previous papers. This paper aims to fill the gap of knowledge and shows you how several seemingly smaller changes improve your life as a programmer, how they make common idioms easier to implement or how they create a cleaner programming experience. Features covered in this paper include try/catch and structured error handling, memoization of functions, iteration, merging, text value templates, assertions, modes and enforcing mode declarations, shadow attributes, forking and how it supports multi-threading, applying templates on atomic values, maps, 2.0 backwards compatibility and processing JSON input.

After reading this paper, you should have a firm grasp of what to expect from switching from XSLT 2.0 to XSLT 3.0, if packages and streaming are not your primary concerns.

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Abel Braaksma. "It's the little things that matter" Presented at XML London 2015, June 6-7th, 2015. doi:10.14337/XMLLondon15.Braaksma01.

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