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Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT vs Web Components
From: "Ihe Onwuka ihe.onwuka@xxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:28:15 -0000

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM, Michael Kay mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx <
xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Well, one that I worked with was ICL QuickBuild, which was used by a few
> hundred mainframe users in the UK for generating transaction processing
> applications (some of them massive applications).
>


I remember it although I never understood it. There was also
ApplicationMaster... didn't understand that either.


> It actually had many XSLT-like characteristics (which is what attracted me
> to XSLT when I first encountered it).
>

Hah if only I knew then what I know now.


> A program was a declarative description of an entire user session, with
> all the management of session state taken care of behind the scenes. There
> were quite a few such languages - most, like this one, tied to particular
> hardware and software environments. Software AG's NATURAL is another
> example.
>

I used to be an ADS/Online programmer - Cullinet Software IDMS database.


> I don't think any 4GL had more than about 3% of the market, and that's
> mainly what killed them - no standards, no critical mass.
>
>
They were all proprietary and restricted to 1 hardware manufacturer. Then
along came relational databases, open systems and PC's.



>
>
> On 11 Sep 2014, at 16:55, Ihe Onwuka ihe.onwuka@xxxxxxxxx <
> xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Michael Kay mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx <
> xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I would like to think that the only thing that will lead to XSLT's
>> decline is when someone invents something better, and there's no sign of
>> that on the horizon. This might be wishful thinking, however; there were
>> some excellent special-purpose languages in the 1980s that didn't survive
>> because they didn't have a viable user and developer community, despite
>> being ideally suited to their task
>>
>
> Like for example?
>
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