"Turing's Cathedral" and XSLT

George Dyson may not know anything about XSLT, but his recent essay about Google, John von Neumann, and biological computation reminded me of the two leading approaches to XSLT development.

In George Dyson’s recent Third Culture essay Turing’s Cathedral, one theme is the value of a shift in programming models toward something closer to biological “computation,” and Google’s potential role in this. The general idea is that instead of writing instructions to act on data at specific locations in memory, which is how computers have worked since John von Neumann first set up the concept of the stored program computer, code would be written to act on certain…