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XSLT Quickly [Paperback]

Bob DuCharme
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7 Jun 2001 1930110111 978-1930110113 1

XSLT Quickly is, quite obviously, for anyone who needs to learn XSLT quickly. This book has two main goals: to familiarize the reader with the portions of XSLT that he/she will use eighty per cent of the time, and to provide a "cookbook" approach to learning additional techniques as they are needed.

Part One is a step-by-step tutorial that brings the reader up to speed on the basic concepts and document manipulation techniques necessary for the most common XSLT tasks. More importantly, it represents the foundation on which the understanding of everything in Part Two is built.

Part Two is a cookbook--a task-oriented user's guide to various issues one may meet in tackling XSLT. This portion of the book is organized by the goals of XSLT tasks (converting elements to attributes, reading in multiple documents at once, etc.). This makes it far easier for readers who don't already know XSLT to quickly find the solutions to their stylesheet development problems.

XSLT Quickly also includes a glossary, a quick reference section for XSLT syntax, and a quick reference for using the popular XSLT processors.

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (7 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930110111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930110113
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 18.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 915,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob DuCharme wrote XML: The Annotated Specification and SGML CD, a guide to free SGML software. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Bob is the "Transforming XML" columnist for and has contributed to many other print and on-line magazines.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands on assistance for real world issues 14 Sep 2010
I was asked by a client to provide custom in-house reporting systems for their EDI-based supply chain and customer ordering infrastructure. Not being an XML guru, I have been putting this off for most of this year (I write in September 2010). At Easter I had made a start using the O'Reilly XSLT "bible" by Tidwell but failed dismally and was forced to park the whole project until after the summer.

Last week I bought Bob DuCharme's XSLT Quickly and within days I had the basic elements in test in the client's organisation. Don't be put off by the age of this book - the content is still current and valid and Bob DuCharme writes clearly and succinctly. The essential elements are here for most developers' needs and, along with additional resources available on the publisher's internet site, it's easy to track down any further information you may require.

If you have a live XML/XSLT issue that needs a rapid solution then this really is the book for you.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the most important books to come out on the subject of XSLT. Carefully written to be quickly understandable and informative. The book contains examples of all the major areas of XSLT and it's use with XML, giving the reader a good growning into what is becomeing one of the most powerfull internet languages.I would recommend this book to any one who is new to XSLT or who wishs to push there no-how of the language to new highs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite XSLT books 20 May 2003
By Margarita Isayeva - Published on
This book, as the author himself put it, provides "task-oriented explanations of how to get work done with XSLT". I would define the audience that will benefit most as intermediate XSLT developers - you are expected to have some knowledge of XML and XSLT. Part 1 has a brief tutorial, yet too brief for a complete novice. Part 2 is what makes this book worth reading - it delves into typical tasks XSLT developers encounter: adding, changing, deleting elements and attributes, sorting, avoiding duplicates and many other. Perhaps, the book was planned as a "cookbook" to quickly look up "how do I...", but it is more than that: the author describes how things work in detail, shows the best way to perform a task, warns about subtle issues you would spend hours fighting with on your own. I found the explanations very useful: even reading about basic concepts can bring discoveries. There are more advanced topics too, like dealing with namespaces or recursive techniques; read about them, and more challenging tasks will not catch you unprepared.
The book doesn't touch on really advanced concepts like the famous Muenchian grouping, but this is probably outside of XSLT's everyday repertoire and, therefore, outside of this book's mission.
I found myself referring to this book often in JavaRanch's XML forum. Just recently when solving RSS namespace mystery, I posted a part of the stylesheet that prints namespaces (p.99) and here is the response: "That diagnostic transform is worth its weight in gold!"
And I am neither the author nor a member of his family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tutorial for XSLT developers 9 Aug 2001
By "michael_maron" - Published on
XSLT is not an easy language to learn - mostly because it is close to Lisp rather than to well-known string processing languages like Perl.
XSLT QUICKLY covers XPath, XML elements and attributes manipulation, programming issues like named templates (a.k.a. functions), variables, parameters, XSLT-specific constructs like key lookups, number and string manipulation.
Readers will find _good_ ways to generate HTML, other markup and plain text from XML documents.
I think this book is a must for software developers who want to write and test robust portable XSLT scripts.
Simple, understandable and informative sample code is a true challenge for any computer book. I really appreciate samples from XSLT QUICKLY, they are easy for recycling in real-life applications. Also, like Oracle code samples, they are convenient to communicate development issues.
Last, but not least, just in the preface we find an important clarification of XML/DTD/XSLT relationship, so readers will avoid a good deal of painful confusion.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner through intermediate 8 Nov 2002
By james wallis - Published on
The books title sums it up. Need to do XSLT now? Go to chapter one, page 8 and you are up and running. This book is for the individual that has to code with a deadline. The pace of the book is perfect. An example is given that is straight forward, clear and explained throughly. Then on to the next example which will introduce another XSLT template with another explaination. Fortunately, the author, Mr. DuCharme, rarely spends time on obsecure points or has long discussions on advanced topics that only guru types care about. If you are just getting started,or you are an intermediate user, this is the one. Get it - Quickly.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem 6 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on
XSLT Quickly is the rare technical book that is valuable in a range of contexts. In addition to providing a gentle, concise introduction to XSLT for the novice, the book is a real find for skilled, working developers who can (and must) absorb paradigms and languages quickly. As a reference, it has saved me considerable time by often providing an index entry that corresponded directly to the question I had formulated. If every book on my shelf were this useable I'd have fewer shelves.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dispels the Mists of Confusion 16 May 2003
By Christopher Burbridge - Published on
This is a great book. It hurts to see some people reveiew it with such real... venomous dislike. I suspect it's a style thing--if you're looking for a dictionary-like exhaustive reference, maybe this book isn't for you. Having said that, I have a low tolerance for lots of verbiage, yet DuCharme's book was totally clear to me. I can poke around in it and find what I want so easily. It is very well organized, and well indexed. It serves as an excellent overview of XSLT, and gets pretty advanced, too. This is a great book.
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