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What is a good design pattern for generating an Excel (xlsx) file in code?

See my Update at the bottom for more. I occasionally have projects where I have to output some data as an Excel file (xlsx format). The process is usually: User clicks some buttons in my ...
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Translate soap input of one web service into input of another

We need to support a legacy web service using a new web service implementation. At a given time the old input as well as new input should work. So here is what we need to achieve Old SOAP input ...
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Create ASP.NET input forms from XSD?

I have several types of XML document. The format of (i.e. the elements in) each document type is defined in an XSD. Is there a convenient way to create HTML elements (or ASP.NET controls) on an ...
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XSLT and possible alternatives [closed]

I had a look at XSLT for transforming one XML file into another one (HTML, etc.). Now while I see that there are benefits to XSLT (being a standardized and used tool) I am reluctant for a couple of ...
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Mapping variable inputs to user interface elements

Background Developing a system for creating eBooks. The data is highly normalized. The eBook designs are packaged as "themes." The themes can be configured with options for: fonts, colours, some ...
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Code execution time out occasionally

I am working on an e-commerce website. There is a case where I need to fetch the whole data in database through a third-party API and send it to an indexing engine. This third-party API has many ...
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Is XML, HTML/CSS, XSL analogous to Model, View, Controller?

For some time in personal projects I have been using XSL to convert my raw XML data into human-friendly HTML/CSS (in simple projects, I have no JavaScript, so let's leave that out of the equation for ...
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Alternative to XML / XSLT for artifact generation?

The scenario: A system needs to produce a variety of artifacts to present to end-users during the normal course of business. Examples of these artifacts would be permits, invoices, or receipts -- ...
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Using XSLT for messaging instead of marshalling/unmarshalling Java message objects

So far I have been using either handmade or generated (e.g. JAXB) Java objects as 'carriers' for messages in message processing software such as protocol converters. This often leads to tedious ...
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Is there an effective way to test XSL transforms/BizTalk maps?

Creating repeatable tests for BizTalk maps is frustrating. I can't find a way to handle testing them like I'd do unit testing, because I can't find ways to break them into logical chunks. They tend to ...
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Are XML Schemas bad for constantly evolving file formats?

I'm struggling with a client-server project where I have Java apps out on the Internet that store data to a backend server. The format of this data is well-defined, but the project is constantly ...
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Is using xml + xsl to create a weekly html email a good or bad idea?

The guy who is in charge of our html emails is leaving and I have been asked to take over. We are an online retailer and send out an email once a week. An email will consist of a main image, a bit of ...
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Why do XSLT editors insert tab or space characters into XSLT to format it?

All XSLT editors I've tried till now add tab or space characters to the XSLT to indent it for formatting. This is done even in places within the XSLT where these characters are significant to the XSLT ...
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Is Razor or XSLT better for my project? [closed]

I'm in the early stages in the design of a system that will essentially be split into two parts. One part is a service and the other is an interface with the service providing data through something ...
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Are there any good reasons to use, learn, or recommend XSLT? [closed]

I am a developer for the last 8 years. We used XSLT primarily to transform XML into HTML. We also used it for XML to XML transformation. But we have replacement for everything now. HTML can be ...