Simple C# XSL Transformation



And here is a simple C# translator that takes an XML file sends it through an XSL file transform and saves the output.  It is intended to be used as a console application.  This can be easily used to apply the CSV transform XSL to Vocabulary.xml.



// Created by Noah Coad,,, 4/10/04


using System;

using System.IO;

using System.Xml;

using System.Xml.Xsl;

using System.Diagnostics;


namespace XSLTransform


   class Transform


      private Transform(string[] args)


         // Make sure at least three command

         // line arguments are specified

         if (args.Length < 3) {ShowSyntax(); return;}


         XslTransform xsl = new XslTransform();


         // Attempt to load the XSL

         try {xsl.Load(args[1]);}

         catch (XmlException e) {Console.WriteLine(“Could not load XSL transform: ” + args[1] + “\n\n” + e.Message); return;}

         catch (XsltException e) {Console.WriteLine(“Could not process the XSL: ” + args[1] + “\n\n” + e.Message + “\nOn line ” + e.LineNumber + ” @ ” + e.LinePosition); return;}


         // Attempt to transform the XML

         try {xsl.Transform(args[0], args[2]);}

         catch (XmlException e) {Console.WriteLine(“Could not perform transform on: ” + “\n\n” + e.Message); return;}




      static void Main(string[] args)

      { new Transform(args); }


      private void ShowSyntax()

      { Console.Write(“XSLTransform Xml-URL Xsl-URL Output.txt”); }






6 thoughts on “Simple C# XSL Transformation

  1. Cool, I appreciate the simplicity of this very much : )

    My Visual Studio 2003 claims that this method is obsolete:

    xsl.Transform(xmlFileName, outputFileName);

    …Any ideas how to comply with the suggested change?

  2. XslCompiledTransform is the new class to do this with. It should be really easy to convert between the two.

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