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Re: State of the Art wrt XML/XSL.

Well, I wouldn't use quite so strong words, but I don't understand 
myself why Debian has to make custom deb packages for CPAN modules.  
Wouldn't it be workable to create deb "packages" that were more like 
installation helper scripts instead of the binaries themselves?  So you 
select a package and when it was installed your system would run 
something like "perl -MCPAN -e 'install XML::XPath'"

Part of the strength of Perl is that you can relatively easily install 
and remove packages.  Mixing this ability with binary packages, in 
either a deb or rpm type system, just makes it harder to maintain two 
different "systems."

Fred Reimer

On Sat, 15 Jul 2000 09:33:11 Michael Koehne wrote:
> Moin Fabien Ninoles,
> > I also just upload a XPath perl module which included a useful
> > script (heavily modified by me and contribute back to the
> > upstream author) for querying XML document using XPath
> > pointers (truely useful for XML scripting!).
>   If you realy think, that your script is usefull :
>       Make it become a module conforming to Perl coding standard
>       and upload it to CPAN.
>   I realy dislike the way Debian !IGNORES! CPAN.
>   e.g. debconf, debhelper, netbase and dpkg-perl deserve their
>   Perl modules to become either !DELETED! or !REWRITTEN! to
>   conform to Perl coding standard.
>   Those !BROKEN! modules are the main reason, that its impossible
>   to throw Perl 5.005 in the trashcan, and to use Perl 5.6 as a
>   default perl for Debian. To use Perl 5.6 is a requirement for
>   any serious XML work, because of `use utf8;`. So Debian is quite
>   useless for XML, because of its dependencies to !BROKEN! modules.
>   I would realy deprecicate, if you upload a version of XML::XPath
>   containing something not in the CPAN module!
> > I'm looking forward to add some little formatting features to the result
> > so that people can use it as an intermediate between simple XPath queries
> > and XSLT. Think of it as a simpler awk for xml (extract xml informations
> > and reformat the output in one tool).
>   take a look at XML::Filter::Digest. This is using XML::XPath::Builder,
>   and its own light weight script to query XPath on XML documents.
> Bye Michael
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