XSLT: Programmer's Reference Paperback – May 3 2001
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Author Michael Kay exudes enthusiasm in this guide, XSLT Programmer's Reference, by taking every opportunity to illustrate the power and flexibility of XSLT. As XML begins to take hold, the eXtensible Stylesheet Language: Transformation (XSLT) standard will be playing a major role in making all those XML predictions a reality.
Kay calls XSLT the "SQL of the Web"--a phrase that is sure to perk up the ears of many readers expecting a simple documentation of just another Web-language standard. Like other Wrox Programmer's Reference series titles, this book starts off with chapters that rapidly introduce the concepts and set the context for the core of the book, which is a complete documentation of the XSLT standard. The book uses this space well to explore the transformation process and the tree structure that is used for both input and output of style sheet documents. By the time the reader gets to the reference section of the book, he or she will be convinced of the power of XSLT.
Each element of XSLT is covered with concise examples that include both the source XML code and style sheet code. XSLT style sheets can be used in a variety of ways and across a wide spectrum of complexity. The book helps the reader grasp this concept by presenting four style sheet design patterns that comprise the vast majority of implementations. The text looks at each, demonstrating how to identify the design pattern by its content and apply it to appropriate circumstances.
XSLT is the true muscle behind XML and is integral to putting XML to work in the real world. This title is simply a must-have for any developer utilising XML. --Stephen W Plain --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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XSLT Programmer's Reference is a compact, up to date and relevant explanation of the W3C's XSLT and XPath recommendations, including any material that they rely on from referenced specifications such as XML, XML Namespaces, IEEE and Java. XSLT is a notoriously difficult language to understand, but this book, while being a complete reference to the recommendation, will also give code examples showing how it all ties together and can be effectively employed in a real world development scenario. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
And they were right. This book has a good intro to XSLT, enough of an explanation of XML to get you going - though I would strongly recommend you knowing your way around XML before you attempt to tackle XSLT.
The recursive nature of XSLT is a kinda tough thing to get your head around at first, so the book starts out with some simpler implementations, so that you aren't completely horrified by the whole thing, as I was when first messing with XSL.
Also, the book is rife with examples of common uses of XSLT, which helped me out a lot, especially as I was trying to whip up progressively complex XSLT stylesheets.
All the XSLT functions are laid out in the middle of the book, dictionary style, making them easy to find. The entries include the syntax, explanation, and implementation examples, making the concepts and usages easy to grasp. Same goes with the XPath explanation which is in the following chapter. All this makes this book a great desk-side XSLT reference as well as a learning tool.
If you need to learn XSLT, you can't go wrong with this book.
I can not make a definitive judgement about this yet, but the book seems to be very comprehensive treatise of XSLT. What impressed me is how Michael highlights the versatility and power of XSLT by demonstrating many different usage patterns.
Read the book and be inspired!
It is great reference book for developers who already know XML well and have some understanding of XSL and XSLT. It is NOT a tutorial or teaching book that is user oriented and that provides concepts and terms systematically. Less than 10% of the book covers concepts and the rest is devoted to detailing the W3C specifications.
It was the first published book on XSLT and I can now relate to the book after a substantial amount learning the core of the language from many different sources. Speaking of the W3C specs for XSLT, I have often wondered whether the XSLT language will ever become a commonly used business software language, or remain the tool of software intellecutals and researchers.
Mr. Kays knows a lot about XML, XSL, and XSLT. It would have helped to present the problem first, then the language, and finally the result. But we all owe him a lot for writing so much a such a short time!
XSLT is also a hard language to work with. That's where this book comes in. When I needed to write an XML-based application of my own - one involving DocBook, HTML, and XSLT itself - XSLT was the natural choice, though a daunting one. Using only this book, I managed to pick up the XSLT programming model (hint: there is almost no such thing as flow of control) and get the job done. Kay's discussions of XML name spaces and other basics were part of what got the job done right.
This book should be on the shelf of every serious XML programmer. I don't know whether a programming beginner would get the full value from it, but experienced readers will find it dense, well-organized, and above all helpful.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is not intended to be used has a cookbook, this is a reference and you should buy it only if you want to understand the intricacies of the language.Published on Dec 17 2013 by Jean-philippe Martin
Great book. Can't believe how much work was put into it. Seems to have a usefull, concise example for every problem I've encountered. Useful as a reference as well. Read morePublished on April 29 2004
This book is a challenge, but once you understand the fundamentals, the beauty of XSLT starts to emerge. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Peter Carey
I have this book and the XSLT Cookbook. This book covers all technical aspects of XSLT and the XSLT Cookbook gives you solutions to solve common tasks with the use of XSLT. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Andreas Bjärlestam
Covers 'every' detail you need to know about XSLT. If you use XSLT fairly often in you work then this has to be within arms-length.
Minor inconvinence is references to XSL 1. Read more
This is a great book on XSLT from the author of the popular Saxon XSLT engine. This was the first book I read on XSLT, it gave me a very thorough understanding of the subject and... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Jack D. Herrington
I have been developing XSLT for a few years and this is the only book I use. It is the best book on XSLT, by far. However, it is not for beginners. Mr. Kay did a fantastic job!Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Pete from Folsom
I only bought this book because the guy whose copy I stole found me out and demanded that I give it back. I absolutely love this book and keep it by my desk. Read morePublished on March 23 2003 by Danilo Gurovich
I bought the O'Reilly book titled XSLT, and boy it made no sense to me. I bought this one, and I *got* it. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by B3n S6z
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