XSLT: Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer) Paperback – 3 May 2001
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What is this book about? This compact, relevant, updated version reflects recent changes in the XSLT specification and developments in XSLT parsers. The material on tools and implementations has been revised; so too have all the examples. It also includes a new chapter on writing extension functions. XML has firmly established itself as the universal standard for managing data for the web and is now being implemented on a wide scale. XSL (eXtensible Stylesheet Language), a vital companion to XML, is used for two main purposes: to format or style XML data so that it can be displayed in a browser and to transform XML data (XSLT). When you transform an XML document, you manipulate the data into a new structure, for example, re--ordering the data. This enables the same data store to be used in an unlimited number of ways. XSLT is a flexible, customizable, and cross--platform language. XSLT is a notoriously difficult language to understand, but this book, while being a complete reference to the recommendation, will also give code examples showing how it all ties together and can be effectively employed in a real--world development scenario. What does this book cover?In this book, you'll find the following topics covered: * The rationale behind XSLT: What is it for? * The XSLT processing model * Design patterns and stylesheet structure * A full reference to the XPath and XSLT languages * The use of XSLT with worked examplesCurrently available XSLT processors -- updated to reflect recent advances in XSLT parser technology * Coverage of proposed specification enhancements Who is this book for? This book is for programmers already using XML to organize their data in applications and for those who want to use the power and compatibility of XSLT to improve the display of their data. The book is in three parts: a detailed introduction to the concepts of the language, a reference section giving comprehensive specifications and working examples of every feature, and an exploitation guide giving advice and case studies for the advanced user.
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Who is this book for?
This book is for programmers who want to learn how to use the XSLT language for developing web applications. The book is in four parts: a detailed introduction to the concepts of the language, a reference section giving comprehensive specifications and working examples of every feature, a development guide giving design advice and case studies for the advanced user, and a product reference detailing the features and usage of the latest versions of Microsoft MSXML, Apache Xalan, Oracle XML, open source Saxon, the TRAX API and other processors and tools.
What does this book cover?
- Explains the rationale behind XSLT: what is it for?
- Describes the XSLT processing model
- Explores design patterns and stylesheet structure
- Provides a full reference to the XPath and XSLT languages
- Demonstrates the use of XSLT with worked examples
- Describes currently available XSLT processors updated to reflect recent advances in XSLT parser technology
- Includes coverage of proposed specification enhancements
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Michael Kay really presents everything in such a complete way that those subtly incorrect mental models that one might be using are corrected. The result is a clear vision of what's happening in ALL your XSLT. He also knows how programmers' minds work and he points out all the potential pitfalls and also the common mistakes we are all likely to make.
I cannot believe you would need another book on the subject. It's even pleasantly readable...
Essentially, the thing I find i'm looking up most of the time is, What's the Xpath expression to get such and such out my XML. This is never clearly explained in the book. Why not a chapter on XPath - it's so vital.
More of a reference book for someone who needs to write their own XSLT processor (as it makes so many backside covering references to the XSLT w3 spec) rather than any kind of explanation of how to harness the power of XSLT.
Time to look for another reference to supplement my MSDN references....