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From Ugo Cei <>
Subject Re: XSP -> XSLT -> XSP
Date Tue, 14 Nov 2000 17:26:36 GMT
Berin Loritsch wrote:

> > Is it possibile to have an XSP page that produces another XSP page via
> > an XSLT stylesheet and have this second page processed automatically,
> > possibly transforming its output again via XSLT to produce HTML?
> >
> > This would be something like the clean-page sample, the only difference
> > being that the starting page is an XSP document and not a static file.
> With Cocoon 1, it would be possible.  With Cocoon 2 it is not possible
> by design.  Basically you are forcing the server to do a whole lot more
> work than it has to using that approach.  Things that would be better
> served with Session variables and state management shouldn't require
> a recompile every access.  When you consider that the average compile
> on an Athlon 700 with 256 MB of RAM costs you up to 3 seconds per access,
> and on an P-II 233 with 128 MB of RAM costs you up to 20 seconds per
> access, it really isn't as elegant as it might originally seem.

I agree that it is neither elegant nor fast. I just would like to know
if it is possible at all, since even using Cocoon 1.8, if I have an XSP
page that is transformed into another XSP page by inserting 


and such, like in the clean-page example, what happens is that Cocoon
tries to loop forever, apparently processing the first XSP page again
and again, until I kill it.

> In short, rethink the purpose of what you are trying to do.  What is
> changing between XSP layers?  Is there any way you can merge all logic
> into one layer, and then transform out unneeded elements?

I'll explain what I am trying to accomplish. I have an LDAP repository
that stores connection info for a group of Oracle databases (hostname,
SID, username, password, etc.). I need to fetch these LDAP entries,
execute an SQL query against each one of the databases and format the
results ad a series of tables in a single HTML (or PDF) document.

For the LDAP part, I have a taglib derived from the one posted here by
Renzo Estrella. For the SQL part, I plan to use Donald Ball's ESQL

My question basically is: how do I reuse the value of the elements
generated by the LDAP taglib as content for the ESQL tags that specify
the JDBC connection parameters?

Keep in mind that I don't know in advance how many entries will I find
in the LDAP repository.

This is the LDAP query, more or less:


This produces results in DSML format, like this:

      <dsml:entry dn="...">
        <dsml:attribute name="hostName">
      <dsml:entry dn="...">

How can I extract the value of the "hostName" attribute for every
returned entry, reuse it as the value of esql tags, possibly using a
single XSP page? I could use just the ESQL taglib and a lot of Java code
for the JNDI part, but it would be a duplication of efforts.

What do you think?

Ugo Cei - Consorzio di Bioingegneria e Informatica Medica
P.le Volontari del Sangue, 2 - 27100 Pavia - Italy
Phone: +39.0382.525100 - E-mail:

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