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XSLT: Programmer's Reference Paperback – Apr 1 2001


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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 2 edition (April 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764543814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764543814
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 5.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #593,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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XSLT is almost the official programming language of XML - in fact, it uses XML as its representation. Given the importance of XML, XSLT is going to be a critical tool at anyone's workbench sooner or later.
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.
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By "randalx" on April 29 2004
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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. I wish more technology books were like this. Book is appropriate for beginners and experts alike!
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This book is a challenge, but once you understand the fundamentals, the beauty of XSLT starts to emerge. All of the recursion, immutable variables, predicates, and patterns start to make sense. After a week with Kay's book, you'll be pretty durn handy with just about any XSLT-related task (except maybe complex grouping... give that two weeks). XSLT is a fascinating language, and for a thorough understanding of it I suggest Kay's book, above all others.
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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. It is all I need to have as a programmer/designer working with XSLT.
I highly recommend this book!
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By Sridhar Guthula on Dec 23 2003
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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 1.1 features (which doesn't exists anymore). I also wonder how big this book would be when XSL 2.0 is supported... wait Wrox (the publisher) is gone... may be this is the last edition.
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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 even though I have bought other books to cover some of the whole (in particular the XSLT cookbook), I keep turning back to this book as a reference. The coverage of XPath, which is critical for writing good XSLT, is concise and excellent.
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By P. Paquereau on Sept. 16 2003
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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!
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