Understanding XSLT transformations: Your Own `XML Transformation Utility` - “XML transformation utility,” is it really necessary? (Page 3 of 6 )
Before proceeding further, let us wonder if it is really necessary! The above files have been successfully tested with IE5.5 or above and we achieved what we need. Still, why do we need any other utility?
As long as you can test with IE, it should be okay. But, try it yourself by opening “View menu -> Source” (after opening the XML document). You will not be able to see any transformed code. You will just see the same XML that you wrote earlier.
In fact, it is not showing you any transformation exactly. It is doing transformation behind the scenes and showing you the output. It may not be useful in certain situations (such as when you need to perform thorough testing or debug your transformations).
To solve the above “non-live” transformations, we need to have a utility (or software) which shows you the “live” transformations. You already have plenty on the web (mostly supporting on Java). Why don’t we try developing our own utility? Let us proceed with the same now.
Open your Visual Studio 2005 IDE and create a Windows based application (“WinForm”) with the following (Fig1) layout.