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What free tools can be used to create XSLT files?

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Some of the reports we obtain from our systems are output in XML format.  I tried hand coding in gedit (like notepad) and found it really difficult, to do things with some simple stuff based on what I have Googled.

Can someone tell me of a few free or open source tools that they can recommended to create the XSLT files so that I can make nice reports from these raw XML files?  Are there ones that let you work with the XML data file itself then model the report layout you would like?

I don't need anything fancy, as these reports are for in house use only and the reports are only needed infrequently, so the easier to use the better.

Would like to run these on linux if possible.
If such free tools aren't available, I'll consider buying a low end one, so please recommend one of these.  In fact if the purchased one is worth it, I'll probably buy it anyway.

If my question is too hard, maybe I just need a good simple to use reference book for basic to intermediate level.

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Gertone (Geert Bormans)

@zulumike,
I never tried editix, did you? How do you like it? What can you do with it?
zulumike

I have never tried it myself, just got it recommended from a far college
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Ah OK, so I 'll have to check myself then
far collegue being google by accident :-) ?

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Thanks for friendly notes Gertone :-)
I have noe experience in xslt, so cannot give any explanation, just a tip you can try out.
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Thanks so far...

http://free.editix.com/download.html looks worthy of consideration, but www.oxygenxml.com is a bit expensive  for me at $199 for the XML Author Pro.  It looks like good software, but more for pro developers I think.

Anyone else care to chip in with another one or two tools they've had experience with that would do the job?
Gertone (Geert Bormans)

well, cladonia has something similar
http://www.freexmleditor.com/
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I've used Notepad along with Michael Kay's excellent book, XSLT, ISBN 1-861005-06-7 from Wrox Press.
Gertone (Geert Bormans)

badotz is referring to this book
http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/WroxTitle/XSLT-2-0-and-XPath-2-0-Programmer-s-Reference-4th-Edition.productCd-0764569090.html
or one of its earlier editions
(I have them all, and they are all worn out)
but a little warning is in place.. it is an extremely good reference, that you should have on your table, but is not very suitable as a learning tool

notepad for XSLT... cool if you can do that,
do you mean XML Notepad? Does it help in debugging, or do you just use it as a text editor combined with command line execution?
Badotz

>>XML Notepad?

Nope.

If you cannot fathom Michael's book, I question your intent to learn XSLT. If it were easy, everyone would do it ;-)
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Wow this looks more complicated than I thought, and I am not sure exactly how to evaluate the two programs that have been recommended:
http://free.editix.com/download.html
http://www.freexmleditor.com/

I downloaded and ran both of them, but that's where I stalled.
I don't mind spending a hours learning about one of them, but I am not sure which would be best for me to concentrate on and I don't want to spend hours trying to learn and evaluate both just to decide this.
Can anyone, hopefully from experience, recommend one or the other that would best fullfill my needs, which are to use a XML data file as a starting point and then model a XSLT doc from it to create nice reports.  A sample XML data file is attached if it helps.
 trustee-apps.xml
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I am personally using Microsoft Visual studio to write and test XSLT.
If you already have MS visual studio you can use the same.
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That may be OK, but I havn't used Windows for years.  It has to run on linux.
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Ah, then I would use vi for the editing. Not sure what to use for testing.

Linux?Is this a production system? I'm just curious, not being judgemental ;-)
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VI? :-D - self torture not applicable!  Gedit does the job nicely.

This is nothing but the best for production - file, print, web server, ftp, samba, (or domain services for pc's), application dev, web based management - all running on Suse Linux Enterprise Server, as used by the London Stock Exchange.  Secure. Fast. Customisable.
Check out Novell's Open Enterprise Server - http://www.novell.com/products/openenterpriseserver/ 

I support Windows at legacy sites, but won't implement it while linux is such a viable alternative.

But we digress...
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I must dash for now...Will try to wrap this up tomorrow with some testing.
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@eridanix - Have you been listening? It must run under Linux.
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@Badotz - Sorry, my mistake.
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I haven't forgotten about this question...and just tuned back in.
I will persist to leave it open a bit longer before making a decision.
Still looking..
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