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XSLT 2.0 Web Development
XSLT 2.0 Web Development
by Dmitry Kirsanov
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.60
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good practices in website development explained well, July 14 2004
XSLT 2.0 Web Development" by Dmitry Kirsanov, teaches a system of transforming semantically structured content into browser-ready HTML, including the proper separation of content from presentation, structuring the content into "cleanly separated semantic layers", developing a XML vocabulary for each layer, validating the XML and content structure, using XSLT to transform the XML content to HTML, and integrating the transformation system with web development frameworks and development tools.
As described in the introduction, the author suggests readers should have a basic understanding of XML syntax and terms, as well as "know some XSLT and especially XPath". Before reading this book, this reviwer was comfortable reading, editing and creating XML documents, but I couldn't (and still can't) write an XML DTD. Also, the only idea I had about XSLT was that it's used to transform XML documents into HTML. That's it. With those basic introductory understandings, I had no problems following the well-structured and well-explained lessons throughout the book, as well as applying those lessons while developing a real-life web site.
This 406 page book consists of seven chapters containing plenty of well-organized and well-used text and diagrams, example code showing "all aspects of an XML-to-HTML transformation", and plenty of screenshots. The contents also include a discussion of the basic premises of XML, explanations and examples of XML source definitions including schema and regulations, a Schematron schema for document validation, XSLT extensions including new additions to XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0, coverage of tools available to assist developers, and a chapter on integrating an XML/XSLT system into a web server setup, the bulk of which is devoted to Apache Cocoon.
This book and the topics it teaches are not for the feeble minded. Reading it while falling asleep in bed is not recommended - you won't really get it. I would recommend this book to anyone concerned with organizing web site content into meaningful semantic layers, well-separated from presentation and business logic, while creating a system that is easier to understand and maintain than many web site projects I've run across.

Fast Track UML 2.0
Fast Track UML 2.0
by Kendall Scott
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.77
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written, concise UML 2.0 Reference Manual, May 7 2004
This review is from: Fast Track UML 2.0 (Paperback)
As described on the back cover of the book, the target audience of Fast Track UML 2.0 includes folks with previous visual modeling knowledge, perhaps including UML 1.x experience. In the book, the author does not attempt to describe the differences between UML 2.0 and UML 1.x, or to point out the new features. Instead, in a content-packed 161 pages, Kendall, with a "fresh look" at UML 2.0, describes well what a typical developer would want to know about modeling with this improved language.
Normally, when a book's title tries to convey that it's going to teach me something "really fast" or "in just XX hours", I won't even pick it up. In this case, from reading a few of his previous books, I trusted that the author, Kendall Scott, had probably put together another good book worth reading, and he did.
I'm a mildly experienced developer with a bit of object-oriented analysis and design (OOAD) understanding. In this book, I was looking for something that would quickly bring me up to date with UML 2.0, while still serving as a good reference manual into the future, as I sit down for some fancy picture drawing, also known as visual modeling. This is that book.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a well-written, easy to follow and understand, concise UML 2.0 reference manual. If you're a career designer, note that this book does not describe in full detail, the complete syntax of UML 2.0. That said, if you're drawing fancy pictures using syntax not described in Fast Track UML 2.0, then perhaps that's a sign that you're models are too detailed. If you're brand new to the study of OOAD looking to develop these skills, this book alone probably isn't what you're after, though it would still serve well as a supplement to another material geared towards teaching OOAD. As a bonus, the book is priced well.

Java Regular Expressions: Taming the java.util.regex Engine
Java Regular Expressions: Taming the java.util.regex Engine
by Mehran Habibi
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your father�s procedural regex reference., Feb. 29 2004
I've had this book a bit over a day. Yes, I've read the entire book. It is that good.
As I first approached it, I was afraid of this book. It's so easy to explain regular expressions in terribly dry and technical ways. Max, the author, doesn't do that.
Don't fear your painful memories of the wordy, boring, and expensive text books read during university studies. This book won't bring them back. Max has again demonstrated his excellent, clear and concise writing skills with Java Regular Expressions.
This book is not some boring reference or cookbook of regular expressions, excellent ones of which can be found for free on the internet. Instead, this book provides excellent explanations detailing techniques on how to understand and create regular expressions - object-oriented techniques at that! This is not your father's procedural regex reference.
New to java.util.regex? Buy this book, not that other one.

Java Regular Expressions: Taming the java.util.regex Engine
Java Regular Expressions: Taming the java.util.regex Engine
by Mehran Habibi
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your father�s procedural regex reference., Feb. 29 2004
I've had this book a bit over a day. Yes, I've read the entire book. It is that good.
As I first approached it, I was afraid of this book. It's so easy to explain regular expressions in terribly dry and technical ways. Max, the author, doesn't do that.
Don't fear your painful memories of the wordy, boring, and expensive text books read during university studies. This book won't bring them back. Max has again demonstrated his excellent, clear and concise writing skills with Java Regular Expressions.
This book is not some boring reference or cookbook of regular expressions, excellent ones of which can be found for free on the internet. Instead, this book provides excellent explanations detailing techniques on how to understand and create regular expressions -object-oriented techniques at that! This is not your father's procedural regex reference.
New to java.util.regex? Buy this book, not that other one.

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