I was hoping that XSLT could help me generate my my web pages. Unfortunately XSLT doesn't seem to help with any of the things I wanted to do:
- "Last modified" timestamp based on the timestamp of the original
- Automatically genenerated navigation bar that links to related documents (parent, children, etc.).
- A list of recently added links (based on either explicit timestamps or by using version control).
It seems that for any of these features, I need to write my own XML processing code. So I'm holding off on learning XSLT. It only does simple things. Maybe I'll revisit it later after I implement the more important features for my site.
In October 1969 Charley Kline was asked to arrange the first computer-to-computer message through an ordinary telephone line. Working as a programmer in the UCLA lab of Leonard Kleinrock, he was part of a project attempting to connect to the only other existing Internet node located at Stanford University. After establishing the connection, Kline started by typing "login." He typed l and got the echo from Stanford conforming that the letter had been received. He proceeded with o and again received the appropriate echo. Then he ventured to g. However, that was too much for the young system to absorb, and the computer crashed, killing the connection as well.
-- from Linked: The New Science of Networks.