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# Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lately we do not program in XSLT too often but rather in java, C#, SQL and javascript, but from time to time we have tasks in XSLT.

People claim that those languages are too different and use this argument to explain why XSLT is only a niche language. We, on the other hand, often spot similarities between them.

So, what it is in other languages that is implemented as tunnel parameters in XSLT?

To get an answer we reiterated how they work in XSLT, so, you:

  • define a template with parameters marked as tunnel="yes";
  • use these parameters the same way as regular parameters;
  • pass template parameters down to other templates marking them as tunnel="yes";

The important difference of regular template parameters from tunnel parameters is that the tunnel parameters are implicitly passed down the call chain of templates. This means that you:

  • define your API that is expected to receive some parameter;
  • pass these parameters somewhere high in the stack, or override them later in the stack chain;
  • do not bother to propagate them (you might not even know all of the tunnel parameters passed, so encapsulation is in action);

As a result we have a template with some parameters passed explicitly, and some others are receiving values from somewhere, usually not from direct caller. It’s possible to say that these tunnel parameters are injected into a template call. This resembles a lot injection API in other languages where you configure that some parameters are prepared for you by some container rather then by direct caller.

Now, when we have expressed this idea it seems so obvious but before we thought of this we did not realize that tunnel parameters in XSLT and Dependency Injection in other languages are the same thing.

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