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From Donald Ball <>
Subject Re: stability of 1.8.3-dev?
Date Wed, 07 Mar 2001 18:59:23 GMT
On Wed, 7 Mar 2001, Ulrich Mayring wrote:

> > different than xsp taglibs - you can't nest them per se, their I/O isn't
> > XML. they seem particularly well suited for doing things which don't
> > directly result in content output but do affect something behind the
> > scenes - sending mail, for instance, or updating a database. i only have
> > the vaguest notion of how they work yet myself.
> If it produces no output, it's not worth doing :)
> Seriously, no matter what my program does, I'll want some kind of
> feedback/output. I need to do error checking, this is not possible
> without feedback and I want to send errors to a log file and results to
> the screen.

actions do return maps.

> I thought the whole point of XML was to standardize communication and
> interfaces?

yeah, sure, but it's not appropriate for _all_ communication. surely you
wouldn't assert that all java methods should use XML to receive their
paramters and return data? especially in a SAX environment! :)

- donald

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