Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Online Playgrounds, Part I: XSLT

As background research for a possible new course on web technologies, I've been looking around for web-based scratchpads to allow students to play about a bit and get a feel for what's possible in environment with no real overhead in terms of installing or setting up software.

So to start things off, here's a link to Google's open source AJAXSLT toolkit. This library supports cross-platoform, browser based XSL transformations, which is really handy for displaying XML documents grabbed through xmlhttprequest, for example.

One thing that's particulalry neat about this, of course, is that it means you can set up a browser based playground for trying out XSL transformations (e.g. you can try out the demo that Google ship with the toolkit here).


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