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How do I find the Shape node of a Transform? Or the Transform of a Shape node?

To get the list of Shape nodes from a Transform:

proc string[] getShapes( string $xform )
   string $shapes[];

   $shapes[0] = $xform;

   if ( "transform" == `nodeType $xform` )
   // If given node is not a transform, assume it is a shape
   // and pass it through
      $shapes = `listRelatives -fullPath -shapes $xform`;

   return $shapes;

Note that this returns a string array, as it is possible for a single transform to be the parent of multiple shape nodes.

To get the Transform from a Shape node:

proc string getTransform( string $shape )
   string $transform = "";

   if ( "transform" != `nodeType $shape` )
   // If given node is already a transform, just pass on through
      string $parents[] = `listRelatives -fullPath -parent $shape`;
      $transform = $parents[0];

   return $transform;

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11 May 2003