The FastXSLT Mediator is similar to the XSLT mediator, but it uses the Streaming XPath Parser and applies the XSLT transformation to the message stream instead of to the XML message payload. The result is a faster transformation, but you cannot specify the source, properties, features, or resources as you can with the XSLT mediator. Therefore, the FastXSLT mediator is intended to be used to gain performance in cases where the original message remains unmodified. Any pre-processing performed on the message payload will not be visible to the FastXSLT mediator, because the transformation logic is applied on the original message stream instead of the message payload. In cases where the message payload needs to be pre-processed, use the XSLT mediator instead of the FastXSLT mediator.
For example, if you are using the VFS transport to handle files, you might want to read the content of the file as a stream and directly send the content for XSLT transformation. If you need to pre-process the message payload, such as adding or removing properties, use the XSLT mediator instead.
In summary, following are the key differences between the XSLT and FastXSLT mediators:
- Performs XSLT transformations on the message payload.
- Because the message is built before processing, you can pre-process the message payload before the XSLT transformation.
- Provides slower performance than the FastXSLT mediator.
- Performs XSLT transformations on the message stream.
- The message is not built before processing, so any pre-processing on the message will not be reflected in the XSLT transformation.
- Provides faster performance than the XSLT mediator.
To enable the FastXSLT mediator, your XSLT script must include the following parameter in the XSL output:
<xsl:output method="xml" omit-xml-declaration="yes" encoding="UTF-8" indent="yes"/>
If you do not include this parameter in your XSLT when using the FastXSLT mediator, you will get the following error: "ERROR XSLTMediator Error creating XSLT transformer"
- Key Type - Specifies whether to use a static or dynamic key for referencing the XSLT file.
Key - Specifies the registry key of the XSLT file. When specifying a dynamic key, you can click the Namespaces link to add namespaces if you are providing an expression.
You can also configure the mediator using XML. Click switch to source view in the Mediator window.
In this example, the XSLT is specified by the key
transform/example.xslt, which is used to transform the message stream.