Could Groovy be used as a replacement for XSLT? Aside from the fact that Groovy is a compiled language, does it have all the XML handling capabilities to replace XSLT as a way to transform XML? If so what features of Groovy are comparable to the functional aspects of XSLT such as Templates?
I have done a serious amount of XSLT but I came to find a purely functional approach to tree conversions rather cumbersome to work with. Some tasks become deceptively easy while others like a simple 'if' condition or a mere loop become stumbling stones.
Groovy in Actions contains a lot of examples how to process XML, be it for transformation in to other XML, HTML, or any other format or purpose.