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Re: Handling Configuration File Parameters -- Historical Unrefined Approach Just for Discussion

From: James Sulak <jsulak@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:51:10 -0600
Message-ID: <7cb78b3b1002190651n742351dcu76b680b1df393a5d@mail.gmail.com>
To: Alex Muir <alex.g.muir@gmail.com>
Cc: XProc Dev <xproc-dev@w3.org>
Hi Alex,

An eval-pipeline step has been mentioned before, but as far as I know
no one's implemented it as an extension function.

I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I've done
something similar at runtime (not preprocessing). I had a problem
where I needed to edit the contents of an XQuery dynamically.  I
settled on using a step that took parameters and replaced any
instances of ${varname} with its string value.  For example, I would
construct an xquery this way:

      <p:input port="source">
          <c:query xmlns="http://exist.sourceforge.net/NS/exist"
start="1" max="20" cache="no">
              declare namespace c="http://www.w3.org/ns/xproc-step";
              let $login := xmldb:login("xmldb:exist:///db",
"${user}", "${password}")
              let $response :=
xmldb:create-collection("${parent-collection}", "${collection}")
              return (element c:result { concat(request:get-url(), $response) })

      <p:input port="parameters">
        <p:empty />
      <p:with-param name="user" select="$user" />
      <p:with-param name="password" select="$password" />
      <p:with-param name="parent-collection" select="$parent-collection" />
      <p:with-param name="collection" select="$collection" />

The <wxp:resolve-placeholders/> step uses <p:parameters/> to create an
XML out of the parameters, which is then passed to a transform which
replaces the variable names with their values.


On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 6:37 AM, Alex Muir <alex.g.muir@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was reading posts about configuration file parameters in the xproc list
> archives and having my own issues using them that it led me to recall my
> solution when creating a simple xslt pipe line as probably all on this list
> have done.
> Regarding handling the configuration file:
> We started with name value pair configuration declarations in the top of the
> pipe which were referenced below using xpath which became cumbersome to use
> over time and at some point the idea came to use a simpler perhaps unrefined
> solution that worked well.
> We had to externalize the name value pair configuration xml file to have
> multiple configuration files, some for end users, some for more technical
> people...
> Given the need to have multiple configuration files we preprocessed to
> combine the configuration files to pass only one config file through the
> pipe as passing more than one would have been more work.
> PERHAPS THE KEY POINT: Rather than reference the configuration file using
> xpath and having the pipeline processor to pass the configuration file as a
> DOM through the whole process to find config values dynamically as they were
> needed using xpath, we replaced all the xpath with '##VariableName##'
> referencing the same variable name from the config file as the xpath was.
> Then preprocessing we complied the new pipeline xml document finding and
> replacing '##VariableName##' with the correct value for each configuration
> file as we no longer combined config files into one as there was no need.
> The simplification saved us development time in the future.
> From what I gather this type of script preprocessing is a fairly common
> practice.
> Questions for discussion:
> Are others doing this with their xproc scripts? Why or why not?
> I wonder would it be better that I use the parameters configuration file as
> it is currently  designed in xproc rather than I create a small script to
> implement the ## Configuration version?
> Is it possible to have a small xproc pipe which executes this process and
> then executes the regular process without running the process twice from the
> command line? ( just thinking out loud here)
> Would that just require I use the "exec" step for example if I wanted to
> launch 4 java process of the some pipe compiled with different
> configurations?
> I think that will work, no?
> Thanks Much
> --
> Alex
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