Converting a Stack to many formats starting from XML

Ken Corey ken at kencorey.com
Fri Jun 8 03:44:31 EDT 2012


On 03/06/2012 18:47, Alejandro Tejada wrote:
> There are many scripts to convert stacks to XML, but...
> How many developers have taken the path of converting
> this stack from XML to other formats?
>
> Searching the web, I found many free and paid converters from XML
> to almost every file format available, for example:
> Free XML to SWF
> http://www.swixkit.com/
>
> Paid XML to PDF, XPS, POSTSCRIPT, TIFF, Silverlight, Word, PowerPoint
> http://www.ecrion.com/
>
> So, my question could be stated in this form:
> Have you written a specific Stack to XML script to
> convert a stack to another file format?

XML is just a fancy, human-readable, way to format data.

A stack is more than just data, it encapsulates behaviours too. (Yes, 
you /could/ embed behaviour as data, but you'd need to translate it back 
again at a later date to be behaviour again.

For PDF, POSTSCRIPT, TIFF, and all the other static formats, you can get 
most of that right this second by taking a snapshot of your interface 
and embed the image in the format of your choice. (read about "export 
snapshot" in the dictionary).

Converting a stack to XML loses the behaviours.

As far as translation to other environments where there's enough 
language support you've got to come up with a business case.

I don't get out of bed in the morning without a business case.  To make 
it interesting, it must:
1) address a market that's not being addressed
2) or allow programming in 10% or less of the time it takes now

Learning to program in other environments is bound to be faster than 
writing something that understands how to write code for other 
environments...so I imagine you're going to have a hard sell here.

-Ken




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