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From Mike McNally>
Subject Re: Deploying to multiple servers
Date Sat, 08 Mar 2003 16:14:10 GMT
> I do need a little XSLT help with this solution. I am trying to produce
> the following property in the output build file:
>     <property name="server-name" value="server1"/>
> Here's is roughly the XSL I want - the value attribute coming from my
> input file. Obviously this is not valid XML, but I don't know how to fix
> it:
>     <property name="server-name" value="<xsl:value-of
> select="@name"/>"/>
> Another approach that did work for me is shown below, but this no longer
> is a "template" and is not readable as a build file:
>     <xsl:element name="property">
>       <xsl:attribute name="name">node-name</xsl:attribute>
>       <xsl:attribute name="value"><xsl:value-of
> select="@name"/></xsl:attribute>
>     </xsl:element>
> Any suggestions?


Your "auxilliary" XML could look something like this:

  <server name='server1'>
    <property name='target-dir' value='/usr/local'/>
    <property name='copy-mode' value='overwrite'/>

  <server name='server2'>
    <property name='target-dir' value='/var/deploy'/>
    <property name='copy-mode' value='preserve'/>

  <!-- and so on -->

(You could write a little DTD to match that, though I don't
think that the <xslt> task validates when it parses; I could
be wrong.)

You'd then have an XSL stylesheet that looks like this:

<xsl:template match='/servers'>
    <xsl:attribute name='name'>server-install</xsl:attribute>
    <xsl:attribute name='default'>install</xsl:attribute>
    <xsl:attribute name='basedir'>.</xsl:attribute>

      <xsl:attribute name='name'>install</xsl:attribute>
      <xsl:attribute name='depends'>
        <xsl:for-each select='server'>
          <xsl:if test='position() > 1'>
          <xsl:value-of select='concat("install.", @name)'/>

    <xsl:for-each select='server'>
        <xsl:attribute name='name'>
          <xsl:value-of select='concat("install.", @name)'/>

          <xsl:attribute name='sample'>
            <xsl:value-of select='property[@name="target-dir"]@value'/>

(I may be a bit off in getting the "value" attribute from the nested
"property" tag; it's something like that.)  Finally you use an <xslt>
rule to translate your auxilliary XML file into the Ant build file, 
which you then invoke with <ant>.

The generated build file will be hard to read, but you can use an
XML viewer to debug problems with your XSL translation.  I find this
technique to be very useful, as it fills the role of the macro
languages supported by "make" and its variants.  My entire build 
structure is based on simplified files that call out the things
to be build and the conceptual "build sub-process", and then my
stylesheet embodies the canonical ant sequences to achieve each
of the sub-processes.

[ you are my main foo ] Mike McNally --

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