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Extensible HTML/XML generator, cross-platform templating language, Oracle utilities and various other tools

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XIST provides an extensible HTML and XML generator. XIST is also a XML parser with a very simple and pythonesque tree API. Every XML element type corresponds to a Python class and these Python classes provide a conversion method to transform the XML tree (e.g. into HTML). XIST can be considered ‘object oriented XSLT’.

XIST also includes the following modules and packages:

  • ll.ul4c is compiler for a cross-platform templating language with similar capabilities to Django’s templating language. UL4 templates are compiled to an internal format, which makes it possible to implement template renderers in other languages and makes the template code “secure” (i.e. template code can’t open or delete files).

    There are implementations for Python, Java, Javascript and PHP.

  • ll.ul4on provides functions for encoding and decoding a lightweight machine-readable text-based format for serializing the object types supported by UL4. It is extensible to allow encoding/decoding arbitrary instances (i.e. it is basically a reimplementation of pickle, but with string input/output instead of bytes and with an eye towards cross-plattform support).

    There are implementations for Python, Java, Javascript and PHP.

  • ll.orasql provides utilities for working with cx_Oracle:

    • It allows calling functions and procedures with keyword arguments.
    • Query results will be put into Record objects, where database fields are accessible as object attributes.
    • The Connection class provides methods for iterating through the database metadata.
    • Importing the modules adds support for URLs with the scheme oracle to ll.url.
  • ll.make is an object oriented make replacement. Like make it allows you to specify dependencies between files and actions to be executed when files don’t exist or are out of date with respect to one of their sources. But unlike make you can do this in a object oriented way and targets are not only limited to files.

  • ll.color provides classes and functions for handling RGB color values. This includes the ability to convert between different color models (RGB, HSV, HLS) as well as to and from CSS format, and several functions for modifying and mixing colors.

  • ll.sisyphus provides classes for running Python scripts as cron jobs.

  • ll.url provides classes for parsing and constructing RFC 2396 compliant URLs.

  • ll.nightshade can be used to serve the output of PL/SQL functions/procedures with CherryPy.

  • ll.misc provides several small utility functions and classes.

  • ll.astyle can be used for colored terminal output (via ANSI escape sequences).

  • ll.daemon can be used on UNIX to fork a daemon process.

  • ll.xml_codec contains a complete codec for encoding and decoding XML.

Changes in 5.2 (released 10/01/2013)

  • Added support for bound methods to UL4 templates. This means that methods that should be callable must be included in ul4attrs.

  • UL4 templates now support attribute, item and slice assignment, i.e. the following code will work:

    <?code d = {}?><?code = 'bar'?>
    <?code d = {}?><?code d['foo'] = 'bar'?>
    <?code d = [17]?><?code d[0] = 23?>
    <?code d = [1, 7, 4]?><?code d[1:2] = [2, 3]?>
  • For objects with attributes exposed to UL4, attributes can be specified as being writable by prepending the name with a + in ul4attrs.

  • Added UL4 functions first and last that return the first or last item produced by an iterable.

  • The default argument for the functions misc.first and misc.last now defaults to None. I.e. for empty iterators the default value will always be returned instead of generating an exception.

  • ll.sispyhus can now send an email itself in case of a failure. This email includes information about the failure in plain text, HTML and JSON format.

  • ll.sispyhus now supports subtasks via the method task. This replaces the prefix method.

  • ll.sispyhus now creates a relative symbolic link for the current logfile instead of an absolute one.

  • oradd now outputs the keys in its logging output.

  • oradd can now be used to reset sequences.

  • Committing the transactions in oradd can now be done after each record with the new option --commit. --rollback has been removed.

  • Renamed the attributes scriptname and shortscriptname of the misc.sysinfo object to script_name and short_script_name.

  • Fixed the user related attributes of misc.sysinfo.

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