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From "Derek Hohls" <DHo...@csir.co.za>
Subject Re: newbie question
Date Mon, 27 Jan 2003 10:36:06 GMT
Tellis
 
You ask "is cocoon good for static pages or can it be used for 
highly interactive dynamic pages?"
 
Very short version answer is:
Yes, Cocoon can be used for both.
 
Slightly longer:
Cocoon essentially *is* a servlet, designed to enable the creation of
XML (from static files, databases, web services or other sources) and
provide an efficient and effective framework for manipluating that XML
into a variety of output formats (including all the ones you list). 
Cocoon
works whether you have a single file or a whole multitude with any 
combination of static or dynamic.
 
Even longer (from the Cocoon Home Page at:
http://xml.apache.org/cocoon/)
Designed for performance and scalability around pipelined SAX
processing,
 Cocoon offers a flexible environment based on a separation of concerns

between content, logic, and style. Cocoon's centralized configuration
system
helps you to create, deploy, and maintain rock-solid XML server
applications. 
Cocoon interacts with most data sources, including filesystems, RDBMS,

LDAP, native XML databases, and network-based data sources. 
It adapts content delivery to the capabilities of different devices
like 
HTML, WML, PDF, SVG, and RTF, to name just a few. 
You can run Cocoon as a Servlet as well as through a powerful,
commandline interface. 
The deliberate design of its abstract environment gives you the freedom

to extend its functionality to meet your special needs in a highly
modular fashion. 


By now this should have answered your question (but you probably have
others!) -
look through the Overview ( http://xml.apache.org/cocoon/overview.html
) and 
browse from there - also look at the
http://wiki.cocoondev.org/Wiki.jsp?page=Main
Wiki site; mostly maintained by folk who also asking questions and
trying to explain
what they find to others...


>>> tellisd@hotmail.com 27/01/2003 12:16:04 >>>
Hi,

I am quite new to cocoon. I am evaulating web publishing frameworks for
my 
company.
Although Cocoon sounds very promising I am not entiely sure because the

pages in my
web application are not static. All of them are dynamically generated
on the 
fly. The backend services
although still under design may be developed using JINI, object
databases, 
LDAP etc....

The main reason why I was drawn to cocoon was its multichanel
capabilities. 
We may want to target
the pages to a number of devices - mobiles, PDAs, PCs etc.... My
original 
(very simplistic) design was
to simply have servlets generate XML and then transform these using
XSLT. 
This is where I thought cocoon would help.

My question is - is cocoon good for static pages or can it be used for

highly interactive dynamic pages?


Regards
Tellis









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