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node-libxslt

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Node.js bindings for libxslt compatible with libxmljs.

Installation

npm install libxslt

From source:

git clone https://github.com/albanm/node-libxslt.git
	git submodule update --init
	npm install
	npm test

Basic usage

var libxslt = require('libxslt');

libxslt.parse(stylesheetString, function(err, stylesheet){
  var params = {
    MyParam: 'my value'
  };

  // 'params' parameter is optional
  stylesheet.apply(documentString, params, function(err, result){
    // err contains any error from parsing the document or applying the stylesheet
    // result is a string containing the result of the transformation
  });  
});

Libxmljs integration

Node-libxslt depends on libxmljs in the same way that libxslt depends on libxml. This dependancy makes possible to bundle and to load in memory libxml only once for users of both libraries.

The libxmljs module required by node-libxslt is exposed as require('libxslt').libxmljs. This prevents depending on libxmljs twice which is not optimal and source of weird bugs.

It is possible to work with libxmljs documents instead of strings:

var libxslt = require('libxslt');
var libxmljs = libxslt.libxmljs;

var stylesheetObj = libxmljs.parseXml(stylesheetString, { nocdata: true });
var stylesheet = libxslt.parse(stylesheetObj);

var document = libxmljs.parseXml(documentString);
stylesheet.apply(document, function(err, result){
  // result is now a libxmljs document containing the result of the transformation
});

This is only useful if you already needed to parse a document before applying the stylesheet for previous manipulations. Or if you wish to be returned a document instead of a string for ulterior manipulations. In these cases you will prevent extraneous parsings and serializations.

Includes

XSL includes are supported but relative paths must be given from the execution directory, usually the root of the project.

Includes are resolved when parsing the stylesheet by libxml. Therefore the parsing task becomes IO bound, which is why you should not use synchronous parsing when you expect some includes.

Sync or async

The same parse() and apply() functions can be used in synchronous mode simply by removing the callback parameter. In this case if a parsing error occurs it will be thrown.

var lixslt = require('libxslt');

var stylesheet = libxslt.parse(stylesheetString);

var result = stylesheet.apply(documentString);

The asynchronous functions use the libuv work queue to provide parallelized computation in node.js worker threads. This makes it non-blocking for the main event loop of node.js.

Note that libxmljs parsing doesn't use the work queue, so only a part of the process is actually parallelized.

A small benchmark is available in the project. It has a very limited scope, it uses always the same small transformation a few thousand times. To run it use:

node benchmark.js

This is an example of its results with an intel core i5 3.1GHz:

10000 synchronous parse from parsed doc                in 52ms = 192308/s
10000 asynchronous parse in series from parsed doc     in 229ms = 43668/s
10000 asynchronous parse in parallel from parsed doc   in 56ms = 178571/s
10000 synchronous apply from parsed doc                in 329ms = 30395/s
10000 asynchronous apply in series from parsed doc     in 569ms = 17575/s
10000 asynchronous apply in parallel from parsed doc   in 288ms = 34722/s

Observations:

  • it's pretty fast !
  • asynchronous is slower when running in series.
  • asynchronous can become faster when concurrency is high.

Conclusion:

  • use asynchronous by default it will be kinder to your main event loop and is pretty fast anyway.
  • use synchronous only if you really want the highest performance and expect low concurrency.
  • of course you can also use synchronous simply to reduce code depth. If you don't expect a huge load it will be ok.
  • DO NOT USE synchronous parsing if there is some includes in your XSL stylesheets.

Environment compatibility

For now 64bits linux and 32bits windows are confirmed. Other environments are probably ok, but not checked. Please report an issue if you encounter some difficulties.

Node-libxslt depends on node-gyp, you will need to meet its requirements. This can be a bit painful mostly for windows users. The node-gyp version bundled in your npm will have to be greater than 0.13.0, so you might have to follow these instructions to upgrade. There is no system dependancy otherwise, libxslt is bundled in the project.

API Reference

Node.js bindings for libxslt compatible with libxmljs

libxslt.libxmljs

The libxmljs module. Prevents the need for a user's code to require it a second time. Also prevent weird bugs.

Kind: static property of libxslt

libxslt.parse(source, [callback]) ⇒ Stylesheet

Parse a XSL stylesheet

If no callback is given the function will run synchronously and return the result or throw an error.

Kind: static method of libxslt
Returns: Stylesheet - Only if no callback is given.

Param Type Description
source string | Document The content of the stylesheet as a string or a libxmljs document
[callback] parseCallback The callback that handles the response. Expects err and Stylesheet object.

libxslt.parseFile(sourcePath, callback)

Parse a XSL stylesheet

Kind: static method of libxslt

Param Type Description
sourcePath stringPath The path of the file
callback parseFileCallback The callback that handles the response. Expects err and Stylesheet object.

libxslt~Stylesheet

Kind: inner class of libxslt

new Stylesheet(stylesheetDoc, stylesheetObj)

A compiled stylesheet. Do not call this constructor, instead use parse or parseFile.

store both the source document and the parsed stylesheet if we don't store the stylesheet doc it will be deleted by garbage collector and it will result in segfaults.

Param Type Description
stylesheetDoc Document XML document source of the stylesheet
stylesheetObj Document Simple wrapper of a libxslt stylesheet

stylesheet.apply(source, [params], [options], [callback]) ⇒ string | Document

Apply a stylesheet to a XML document

If no callback is given the function will run synchronously and return the result or throw an error.

Kind: instance method of Stylesheet
Returns: string | Document - Only if no callback is given. Type is the same as the source param.

Param Type Description
source string | Document The XML content to apply the stylesheet to given as a string or a libxmljs document
[params] object Parameters passed to the stylesheet (http://www.w3schools.com/xsl/el_with-param.asp)
[options] applyOptions Options
[callback] applyCallback The callback that handles the response. Expects err and result of the same type as the source param passed to apply.

stylesheet.applyToFile(sourcePath, [params], [options], callback)

Apply a stylesheet to a XML file

Kind: instance method of Stylesheet

Param Type Description
sourcePath string The path of the file to read
[params] object Parameters passed to the stylesheet (http://www.w3schools.com/xsl/el_with-param.asp)
[options] applyOptions Options
callback applyToFileCallback The callback that handles the response. Expects err and result as string.

libxslt~parseCallback : function

Callback to the parse function

Kind: inner typedef of libxslt

Param Type
[err] error
[stylesheet] Stylesheet

libxslt~parseFileCallback : function

Callback to the parseFile function

Kind: inner typedef of libxslt

Param Type
[err] error
[stylesheet] Stylesheet

libxslt~applyOptions

Options for applying a stylesheet

Kind: inner typedef of libxslt
Properties

Name Type Description
outputFormat String Force the type of the output, either 'document' or 'string'. Default is to use the type of the input.
noWrapParams boolean If true then the parameters are XPath expressions, otherwise they are treated as strings. Default is false.

libxslt~applyCallback : function

Callback to the Stylesheet.apply function

Kind: inner typedef of libxslt

Param Type Description
[err] error Error either from parsing the XML document if given as a string or from applying the styleshet
[result] string | Document Result of the same type as the source param passed to apply

libxslt~applyToFileCallback : function

Callback to the Stylesheet.applyToFile function

Kind: inner typedef of libxslt

Param Type Description
[err] error Error either from reading the file, parsing the XML document or applying the styleshet
[result] string

documented by jsdoc-to-markdown.

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