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From "Hans Smit" <jcs...@xs4all.nl>
Subject Re: Xalan 1.11 release date?
Date Fri, 29 May 2009 21:07:42 GMT
wrt releasing XalanC v1.11:

It would be very useful, especially developers starting out with XalanC. The 
starting point for most is http://xml.apache.org/xalan-c/download.html.

When they realize it's difficult to compile (MSVC++) and it is not the 
latest version, then they realize it's time to check out the news-group. 
Then it's time to install http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/, and after that, 
trying to figure out where to find the latest trunk.

This is not very difficult, but it is a hurdle. Many of the news group posts 
seem to be related to compiling issues which were a major issue for XalanC 
v1.10 developers. These issues have been resolved in the latest trunk.

As for documentation - I agree, it is important, but I will be honest - most 
of the work I've done with XalanC was simply trial an error, and when all 
else fails - read the documentation, and when this fails (and it quite often 
does), check the news groups, and when that fails send David a private email 
:-) (just kidding). Did I forget to mention scrutinizing the source code - 
this speaks volumes. Who needs documentation when you have the source code? 
Maybe I've been spending a few too many late nights programming...

I also think it is a good idea to release a new version for two reasons : 
the latest trunk is stable - period; second, it gives developers the 
impression there is still activity and maintenance taking place (a good 
thing when choosing an open source solution).

There is a 3rd reason: I would really enjoy seeing the various Linux 
distro's use XalanC 1.11 as the standard version to install when using the 
various package managers.

I have been working with the latest trunk now for nearly 2 years, and I am 
absolutely confident it is ready for prime time. The stylesheet I use is 
400K, it's huge! It's so advanced I nearly got it to do my dishes as well. 
Believe me -  I've taken your code through the cleaners and the end result 
can be summed up in 2 words - "it works".

Now, how about a new release...


P.S. Did I ever thank you for providing me with a wonderful toolkit to 
handle XSLT transformations in C++? Job well done Dave. Thank you.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Bertoni" <dbertoni@apache.org>
To: <xalan-c-users@xml.apache.org>
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009 19:48
Subject: Re: Xalan 1.11 release date?

> Prashanth Bandaru wrote:
>> Any idea about xalan 1.11 release date?
>> -Prashanth.
> I am crushed at work right now.  I've started working on the documentation 
> updates, but that's on hold until work lets up a bit.
> Otherwise, there's not much else to do.  I could create a release branch, 
> but I'm not sure how much that would help, since the trunk is not changing 
> much.
> Dave

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