Is XSLT dead in Microsoft world?

Back in 2001 I was in TechEd Barcelona where Microsoft unveiled Sharepoint and .NET 1.o. I remember like yesterday when Don Box was demoing WebServices from bathtub (SOAP) and coding c# from MacBook in Microsoft event!.

Anyway, after seeing Microsoft’s plan for following years I decided fully focus on Microsoft Technology. I saw first SharePoint which I think sucked. WebServices weren’t interesting either it just felt a bit too hairy for doing simple things. But what I loved was the whole concept of ASP.NET, C# and XML. After seeing XSLT in action I knew this is going to be my language, and it was. Well at least until now. XSLT is really great for templating websites, I gone through many tempalting engines but nothing beats good old XML/XSLT transformations. It is simple and fast. Well, it can get complex sometimes but usually when XSLT gets complex it means you are doing something wrong. Then it’s time to stop and think. Maybe, this is faster in code-behind or perhaps maybe it’s a good idea to write XSL -helper in code-behind for this.

I have to say, I have never come comfortable building sites from .NET controls basically because it was producing bad html markup-up and I don’t have full control how to build html on it but Microsoft has made it better over the time and nowadays it even produces valid mark-up. But still, I have to compile a DLL when making small updates. This is where XSLT rocks!

Because of this, I have waited (.NET 1.1)… and I have waited (.NET 2.0-3.5)… but there hasn’t been XSLT 2.0. Recently I read blog post in from M. David Peterson I am quoting him who quotes Microsoft XML Team’s WebLog : Chris Lovett Interview

“As for XSLT 2.0 – we’ve heard from customers and understand the improvements in XSLT 2.0 over XSLT 1.0, but right now we’re in the middle of a big strategic investment in LINQ and EDM for the future of the data programming platform which we think will create major improvements in programming against all types of data.”


Bad news for me… Now with all MVC/LINQ/WEB2.0 stuff… Isn’t XML cool anymore?

  1. Thank you for a link. Indeed, I have been looking MVC, I almost jump to Rails but since I am paid by developing MS solutions I decided to wait if MS will catch up. I have been reading posts and MVC on .NET really looks cool.

  2. A new version of XQSharp has just been released which includes a full XSLT 2.0 implementation for .NET, along with XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0.

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