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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (15 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764536516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764536519
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Harness the power of XSLT to transform XML documents

Get tips on result trees, HTML transformations, and XPath functions

The fun and easy way to exploit Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations

With XSLT, XSL, and XPath, you can transform XML documents into HTML pages or different XML documents. With expert advice from XML pro Richard Wagner, you′ll be experimenting with templates, stylesheets, and expressions in no time – and even exploring some pretty cool XSLT programming tricks.

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Richard Wagner, the former chief architect of NetObjects ScriptBuilder and the primary author of the ECMAScript Components standard, is currently in charge of development tools at Nombas, Inc.

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Even though this book is quite old I bought it because I was having difficulty understanding the basics of stylesheet transformations. I am not a fan of the Dummies style but sometimes they explain the very basic basics that other writers do not think of mentioning.
XSLT can be a difficult subject to explain because it involves so many technologies interacting together. Not only is there XSLT but also XML, XPath, and the use of processing software to consider. A careless approach can lead to the reader being overwhelmed with information. I like the author's approach, which is to use the first two chapters to give an overview of how these technologies work together. He calls it “building the edges of a jigsaw puzzle”.
Sadly, some very basic questions that arise for the newcomer to XSLT are not dealt with. Obvious questions which occur to me are, “What order are the templates applied in?”, “What order should I put them in the file?”. They are not explained. The explanation of how “apply-templates” works with more than one template is not clear. It uses the phrases, “the best template rule” and “the most appropriate template rule” without explaining what make a template rule the best or most appropriate. The example given, on page 54, is too trivial to be helpful. Given that stylesheet examples with more than one template occur frequently throughout the book, this is an important question that bothered me at every stage. As a result I never felt that I understood how to construct a stylesheet out of templates.
The book reveals the Achilles' heel of the Dummies style: humour and informal tone are no substitute for clarity and accuracy.
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I gave this a four star because the supplied software for XSLT transformation doesn't work, and I spent quite some time trying to find a suitable alternative. There is no suport you can contact as far as I can see so if you take this don't expect the software to do XSLT transformations to be as advertised. The one I found does a good job and is also free, is Treeboard ( ). Shame because XFactor looks perfect... and because the book itself is well written and very explanatory.
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I really did make a big mistake buying this book. I forgot to look at the date of publication - 2002. A long time ago!

But worst of all is the patronizing, US-centric tone of the author.

Oh well, it was 2002, I suppose. When Starbuck's ruled the world, according to the author.

I would have given the book zero stars, but Amazon has forced me to pick at least one.
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HASH(0xa0b1a114) out of 5 stars THE XSLT book I have been waiting for! 13 July 2002
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I have (and I will) read lots more books dealing with XSLT transformations for XML content, but there is something about the Dummies series that I find so helpful and/or reassuring. I don't like having my time wasted, but when they're done right Dummies books maintain a tone and scope that tells me just enough about everything I need to know in a topic. I read them and then I go on to O'Reillys (or whatever) with what feels like a pretty solid introductory knowledge. When they're good, I love the Dummies. I've been looking forward to this one for about a year and a half, and it has turned out to be just what I'd have hoped.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b1a540) out of 5 stars Excellent XSLT book 20 Sept. 2002
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I've now read 4 different books covering XSLT, and it wasn't until I read this one that it finally made sense to me. Nothing is taken for granted in this book; he teaches XSLT from the beginning and enables you to learn it from the ground up. I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with XSLT that needs some solid, core instruction.
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HASH(0xa0b1a708) out of 5 stars Excellent XSLT Book 15 Mar. 2004
By Ganzago Tanren - Published on
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There are very few books that I'd rave about but this is one. Mr. Wagner has made it easy for those of us in the programming world to finally enjoy this elegant language and methodology. He provides what I feel in my 20+ year career, is the easiest and most complete approach to learning XSLT.
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HASH(0xa0b1a8dc) out of 5 stars Make this the first XSLT book that you read. 1 Sept. 2004
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I tried reading Tidwell and Tennison, but found them hard going. This book will get you going in XSLT, thereafter you may wish to resort to a heavier tome for more detail.
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HASH(0xa0b1aa5c) out of 5 stars Very poor presentation 5 April 2013
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I am not reviewing the content of this kindle book but the PRESENTATION. .

This kindle book is absolutely pathetic! In reading this in my Kindle app on my iPad, the graphics run over the right hand border and the captions are about 12 characters in line length with hyphens everywhere.

I generate epubs for publishers and I can tell you that this kindle book has had NO tweaking to the css that would have taken care of a lot of the display problems. Only one font is used throughout the book, including all the code examples. This is pathetic. Surely, the code could have been set in a different font to make it stand out from the body text. Obviously, this would have taken some time to do so Amazon has produced a poor product.

I've read the first 40 pages and have stopped. The author certainly knows what he is talking about but on principle I refuse to read a substandard version of an epub. Not after having paid $17 for it (which is only a couple of dollars less than the printed version).

I am going to ask for my money back from Amazon.
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