This afternoon, I was thinking about reporting my success in installing NetBeans (www.netbeans.org) on Mac OS X. At least, Netbeans can be installed and run on a Mac, and you can’t say that about Eclipse. Lest you misinterpret me: no, I have not yet any code with NetBeans, and a first attempt at compilation failed miserably – I’ll have to read the docs! I’m not ruling out Jext (www.jext.org) either, because it can be easily installed on both Windows and Mac OS X, and I’ve dabbled with this editor on a Windows machine lately.
Just half an hour ago, for some reason, JSP popped into my mind. So here I am, browsing the web for some details about Tomcat, and at the same time I stumble unto the home page of Marc Liyanage, a Swiss developer with goodies that happen to fall into my line of thinking. Let me cite his small JSP Tag Library (at
http://www.futurelab.ch) as an example. I have been tinkering with JSP and XSLT, but for some reason I don’t feel comfortable with the sole generation of XML as a basis for a web page. Marc’s
<fl:style> tag can neatly solve the problem: use JSP for the main page layout, and put your data, be they text or numbers in XML format in the
<fl:style> tag element. Why not combine it with his RSS-to-HTML convertor? Or add an
<fl:include-rss>tag to the tag library? All it takes is Tomcat 4…