Is this technology still popular?
I want to make a website which automatically transforms XSLT files. It should work like this:
When a user accesses the site, a single handler would accept his request and then find a suitable XML for it (according to the URL requested) and transform it using its attached XSL file.
I want to do this in order to make it easy to update the site using plain XML files (instead of using a full-fledged & expensive CMS system).
What do you say? good idea? bad idea? anyone has a recommendation?
Back in 2002-2003 I did a lot with XSLT (and some more in 2006-2007). Your mileage on this will vary but honestly I would avoid it, for several reasons:
The only place I can really see having an application for XSLT these days is in consuming Web services that produce XML (lots produce JSON and more easily consumed formats these days).
And even in that case I'd probably still manipulate the XML directly with, say, JAXB in Java (or similar technologies in other languages).
Update: I just came across The Death of XSLT in Web Frameworks. For example: