XSLT vs Python/LXML
I recently had to adapt some old XLST which read in an XML document and did some transformations to turn it into CSV data. For those who don’t know what XSLT is (consider yourself lucky!), it is a declarative, XML-based transformation language usually used for transforming a source XML into destination XML.
For a long time I wondered if it was just me, that I was too much of a procedural, C++ thinker, and just didn’t “get” XLST. XSLT is supposed to be a purpose-built tool for the job, right? Well, I’ll say now what I’ve always secretly thought, namely that XSLT is obtuse and horrible and I’ll steer clear of it forever. And evidently I’m not alone.
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