Friday, July 19, 2013

Adding nodes and creating variables in XSL - Oracle SOA 11G

Hi guys,

Today I am gonna write about,how to use summation function in XSL and how to create a cariable and use it in your xsl. Actually,there was a requirement in our project,which was like adding some values of some fields in the input and based upon the sum we required to pass some value to the target system.So, to accomplish this we used sum function, that is available in xslt.

I will be demonstrating it taking one example.Suppose we have some fields that are coming in the input such as A,B,C and we need to add all these values and see whether its sum is greater than zero or less than zero.If the sum is greater than 0, we will pass say "pass" and if its other way around we will pass say "fail" to the target system.I have create a sample BPEL process for this usecase.Process is very simple: it is exposed as webservice and taking input from the client and after doing aforesaid transformation and logic will publish the message in jms Queue.I will just explain the XSL part.

Step1: In my transformation, first I will create a variable that I will be using to storing the sum of all the required nodes. So in your xsl on target node,right click and add variable "tempVar".
Step2: Drag and drop "Sum" function from Mathematical functions in the centre of xsl.
Step3: Now in the function add all the nodes that you want to add separated by "|".In this example I am adding surcharge,tax,vat,shipmentcharge nodes.

 <xsl:variable name="tempVar"
                select="sum((/imp1:employee/imp1:surcharge | (/imp1:employee/imp1:order/imp1:Tax | (/imp1:employee/imp1:order/imp1:VAT | /imp1:employee/imp1:order/imp1:shipmentCharge))))"/>

Step4: Based upon the sum we need to send value in the target XML.So in our case if its greater tha 0, We will send "Invocie" in typecode tag and "Credit MEmo" otherwise.To implement this add a choose when and otherwise condition. 
Step5: It will check the value of "tempVar" and based on the result,value will be set in the target xml.

Step6: Now deploy and test your composite. First we will test for positive vsalue.I have passed values in all the field greater than 0.As per our logic value in Typecode tag is sent as "INVOICE".
Step7: To check the opposite scenario,pass values such that sum is less than 0.Values now passed is "Credit Memo".
In this way we can use the sum function and also you learned ,how to create a variable in xsl and use that in your XSL.

NOTE: There can be scenarios where values in some nodes can be empty.So you have to handle that as well,otherwise,you will get "NaN" in your result.Hence in order to handle blank nodes use below expresssion:

sum((/imp1:employee/imp1:surcharge[. != ""] | (/imp1:employee/imp1:order/imp1:Tax[. != ""] | (/imp1:employee/imp1:order/imp1:VAT[. != ""] | /imp1:employee/imp1:order/imp1:shipmentCharge[. != ""]))))
Hope this post is useful to you guys.

Happy Learning,
Cheers !!!


  1. Hi can you please tell me what function is to be used to attach a word to a field like status is invalid in transform??

  2. could you please explain the complete use case ?