Product Reviews

XSelerator 2.5

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 for yourself.

[This review originally appeared in

About the Author

Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.

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