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  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (17 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590592603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590592601
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 18.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,643,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book introduces those with a little knowledge of markup languages (HTML, XML, etc.) to the exciting world of XSLT. No prior programming knowledge is assumed or needed. This is a Wrox Beginning ... series book, so we will aim to teach you everything you need to know from scratch. This book will be equally beneficial to designers and programmers alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun 2002
Format: Paperback
it's a really good book. It's aimed at XSLT
beginners and takes you step by step through the language, and eventually teaches you quite advanced things such as grouping, recursive templates etc. It's very much written from the user's point of view, not the language's, it has a worked example that's used throughout the book, it invites you to try
everything yourself, and Jeni's explanations and pace are excellent.
This is Jeni at her best, clear explanations without the
jargon. XSLT is home ground for this author, she's been
helping others learn on the XSLT list for a good while
now, finally turned it all into a book.
Nice one Jeni.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 6 April 2003
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My boss said to learn XSLT. This is the book you want. Excellent workable examples and step by step processes. You'll be up and running in no time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Foster on 27 July 2002
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This is an excellent book. Buy it and dive into it and you'll be using XSLT in no time.
The running thread example of the TV guide is perfect and at the least it will improve your HTML (!)
but for those who are making the transition through XHTML this is a must have. It ties a lot of pieces
together and serves as a superb practical introduction to the XML world.
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Best book I've read on XSLT 27 Aug 2002
By Lione K. Gamache - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was extremely impressed with the quality of this book. The material was presented progressively, each chapter building on the last. The material was very well organized. I was using XSLT in my job for the first time, and I immediately began to feel comfortable with it based on the examples in this book. I read another XSLT book about six months ago and came away from it still confused (maybe because I am used to procedural languages, and XSLT is a functional language). This is a very smart woman who can explain complex material clearly. I'll buy anything else she writes!
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If you ever buy 1 bookon XSLT, make it this one 4 Oct 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've found "Beginning XSLT" by Jeni Tennison ...to be one of the best overall books on Web development to come out in recent times. I've always wanted a book covering in-depth examples of XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations), as I've so often grown sick and tired of the mere 30 or less pages my XML books dedicate to the subject. XSLT is quite easy to learn, it's just traditionally been hard to find enough information on the subject all in the same place.
Published in May 2002, the examples use the latest XSLT W3C recommendation, so it's current and set to go... Much thanks to the folks at Wrox for putting this one together.
Written in a manner that is both educational and entertaining, Jeni presents the reader with a simple theme everyone's familiar with - a television schedule listing consisting of XML-based data. She proceeds to describe how XSLT can be used to quickly render XML into effective hypertext documents for dynamic presentation.
While the Web development community is normally torn on this approach, with some devs preferring a more wider range of examples, with others favoring the application of a specific technology towards a single concept, (I'll admit that I'm normally one of the former), Tennison's use of the example is easy to grasp and far-reaching. She lays out the example and then proceeds to construct it. And doing so along with her is quite cool.
The book features excellent descriptions of how a developer can work with result sets, use XSLT functions, keys/grouping, escaping and working with CDATA, using variables and parameters, recursion, and one of the best introductory discussions of XPath in print. The book is also completed by two very healthy appendices that serve as quick references guides on XSLT and XPath. The major platforms supporting XSLT and their parsers are described and contrasted in-depth, including MSXML3, Saxon, Xalan, SAX, etc.
Tennison takes the point-of-view of a best-practices approach, preaching performance and thoughtful, intuitive design over mere pushing of data to be spit out. She structures her discussion in such a way that makes it easy for the experienced programmer to quickly pickup XSLT for their projects, but in doing so remaining within the grasp of the novice to learn a powerful new tool.
The only criticism I have about the book is that due to the ongoing example of the TV guide, it makes the book somewhat difficult to pickup in mid-project, as frequent reference is made to examples laid out in earlier chapters. One must usually go through the examples from the beginning to really get it.
But this book's positive aspects far outweigh the negative, and the latter is only a personal situation I ran into... the book is a steal considering everything you and your development team will get out of it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great! 24 Mar 2003
By Lars - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book really helped me get going with XSLT.
The author explains things at an appropriate level for a knowledgable programmer who is not familiar with XSLT/XPath. Chapters end with a Summary section and Review questions/exercises that help solidify learning.
Minor complaint: there are some "oversimplifications" in this beginners' book, which are misleading if you take them as literal truth. All in all though, very helpful. The author's broad and deep expertise shows, as do her pedagogical skills.
The author is active on the XSL mailing list and personally answers XSLT questions from several people daily, which adds value to the book.
Now that Wrox has been liquidated, order this book while you can!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely the best book on XSLT 27 Oct 2003
By "chucket" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Forget that Michael Kay book! This is the one you need. Although it is called "Beginning XSLT", the author moves very quickly along and really covers everything you need to know. So even if you are looking for something more than a beginner book then give this one a try, you'll be glad you did. I am really impressed with it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Extremely helpful for beginners 9 Nov 2006
By A. Intintoli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this to be an excellent book for XSLT beginners. I've been a web developer for about 6 years now (HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc) but was totally new to XSLT. I was able to follow the examples in the book quite easily, and found the explanations to be clear and comprehensive. I was able to incorporate some of the examples into my own work right away, in particular the section on recursive templates.
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