MarrowSoft has released version 2.5 of Xselerator, their workbench for
programming with XSLT files. The basic concept of this program is simple:
open an XML file in one window and an XSL file in another, click the "Transform"
button, and an output window opens with the result of applying the XSL
file to the XML file. The application uses the MSXML parser, and if you
have multiple versions of MSXML on your computer you can choose which
one to invoke.
But of course there's a lot more to the product than that. Try these
features for starters:
- A full-featured XSLT debugger
- Tag completion and IntelliSense-like editor capabilities
- Unicode support
- A Template Navigator that's handy for moving around large XSL files
- XPath Query Analyzer
There's a ton of other stuff here as well. New features in version 2.5
include an XML tidier, Tab/Shift-Tab indentation formatting, enhanced
debugging including infinite recursion catching, and support for SVG and
XSL-FO output. All in all, if you're writing XSLT by hand you'll undoubtedly
benefit from this tool. You can download a 15-day trial version to see
[This review originally appeared in developer central 1.9.—editor]
Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.