Sam Natarajan

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Since its inception, XML has gained a strong foothold on Wall Street, but the use of XSLT for financial applications has been selective. This article reviews a real-world case study involving XSLT (and other "new" technology tools) that led to impressive business results. Our technical solution included the development of a complete rules engine in XSLT, XML parsing in Java using DOM/SAX, a persistent store of XML data within a relational database (Oracle), a customizable report writer (Cognos), and a complete runtime environment in Unix. A two-person team completed the project work over a period of 12 weeks - an incredible feat, and one that would never have been possible with "traditional" programming paradigms. XML, XSLT, and Java technologies are worthy of your attention; read further to see how they helped us to deliver an innovative solution for one of our impor... (more)