Why a Markup Language?!
Any time a formal language is created for computing, a compromise has to be found: whether the language is perfect for the computer but terrible for the human or vice versa. XML is very good for the computer.
Using XML for the reasons mentioned above, but for programming? "Why a Markup Language?!" was what I was shouting some time playing around with a code generator in XSLT. That gave the idea.
Many people don't write XSLT directly, because they don't like writing programs in angle brackets. The result usually is, that people are writing Java programs, and are processing XML from Java, or are using XSLT features from Java programs.
But that is very inefficient - there are small and quick XSLT processors, and there are no advantages at all to implement that in Java or C++ usually.
So I wanted to have something like a Java or C like language, which can be easily translated into XSLT. Then a common XSLT processor can process the program, and XML can be processed very quickly.
I started this, because I saw, that code generation for Automated Software Engineering can be implemented very easily in XSLT - but writing XSLT is annoying.
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What's New in version 2.5.1
- Minor bugfixes.