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From the Back Cover

“I’ve worked with Dmitry on many projects. He is both a designer (artist) and a developer (programmer), so his book genuinely speaks to both audiences.”

—Charles F. Goldfarb

Leverage the incredible power of XSLT 2.0 to create sites that are easy to build, maintain, and extend!

This book teaches you exactly how to build state-of-the-art web sites with XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0. XML developer and web designer Dmitry Kirsanov drills down to real development challenges and specific tools and techniques for solving them.

You’ll learn from a hands-on project that gives you insights you just won’t find anywhere else. Kirsanov covers the entire project lifecycle: schema creation, validation, transformation, testing, and maintenance… offering outstanding code and markup examples every step of the way.

  • Explore new XSLT 2.0/XPath 2.0 standards from a web developer’s point of view
  • Develop rock-solid, high-performance domain-specific schemas
  • Create and convert source documents for effective XML processing
  • Set up XSLT transformations to automatically generate HTML, graphics, and other site components
  • Build your dynamic web site on the solid foundation of the Cocoon framework
  • Use Schematron to validate XML and streamline processing
  • Study complete printed and downloadable page sources, stylesheets, and schemas

XSLT 2.0 Web Development is an indispensable resource for…

  • Professional web developers
  • Project managers who want to streamline site development and maintenance
  • Graphic designers who need more flexible ways to present structured information
  • Content management specialists using XML documentation/publishing systems

Fully tested and implemented examples are available at authors.phptr.com/kirsanov andwww.kirsanov.com/xsltwd

About the Author

DMITRY KIRSANOV has been writing about Internet technologies since 1994. His virtual design studio, www.kirsanov.com, has served customers from 17 countries. He wrote the WebReference online column “Dmitry’s Design Lab,” exploring leading-edge creative and technical issues related to web design. He is a contributor to the best-selling HTML Unleashed, Professional Edition (SAMS).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (April 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131406353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131406353
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,117,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gives flesh to the ideas.
W Boudville
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.
Dirk Schreckmann
The book summarizes author's significant experience with building web sites that are sanely organized and easy to maintain.
Margarita Isayeva

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Margarita Isayeva on July 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
If to try to classify this book, I would put it in 'how to's' category, rather than 'tutorials'. The book summarizes author's significant experience with building web sites that are sanely organized and easy to maintain. The approach he advocates is somewhat minimalist: XML to markup the content, XSLT to transform it into HTML and to perform other auxiliary tasks -- 'The Pragmatic Programmer' followers will appreciate this. It should be noted that the content is mostly static or treated as such; how to fetch data out of a database and to build an XML DOM/SAX representation is left for other numerous books to ponder. While XSLT is the main subject, the scope of the book is broader. It includes developing an XML vocabulary for the site, choosing a schema language and writing a schema (here Schematron gets special attention), designing stylesheets for transformation, including tasks like checking files existence and generating images via extension functions written in Java. Finally, there is a section about batch processing with XSLT for automatic generation/regeneration of the whole site. Every task is illustrated with examples, generic enough so that you can modify them for your own project.

Orthogonal to what has been explained is the question of how it has been explained. The author's writing style is dense, even dry, the text is packed with information. It took me probably three times longer to read this book than it does usually, as there was no superfluous verbiage that could be quickly glanced over. The book doesn't make dull reading, though. Not only is it highly informative, it also gives aesthetical pleasure of a well-crafted work. The concepts are thoughtfully illustrated and made very clear; terminology is used precisely and consistently. Developers will appreciate an honest, 'no buzzwords, no marketing hype' approach, and accuracy in every small detail.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are numerous good books on XML, where often these pertain to using XML for data storage or interchange. But when one wants to derive browser viewable HTML from XML, then XSLT is used to make the transformation. For XSLT, there have also been books describing it. But thus far, most were about version 1.0. Plus, the HTML output might often be considered small scale. That is, a single page or a few pages.
This book differs in two important ways. Firstly, Kirsanov deals with the recently approved XSLT 2.0 and the accompanying XPath 2.0. There have been many improvements in functionality, which he explains cogently.
But, more importantly, he expands the scope of the discussion about the HTML output. No longer are we just designing a few pages. He imagines that we are now responsible for an entire website. It could be a personal one, or a corporate site of any size. This necessitates careful attention to designing the architecture of the site and the organising of the source XML documents. For example, he recommends always have a master document, listing all the pages of a site, a "site directory" in XML. Throughout the text, he gives numerous practical suggestions like this, that should be effective on any website.
Just as valuable, and perhaps more so to some, are the copious code examples, liberally embedded in the narrative. Gives flesh to the ideas. You can take these as inspiration, or even as starting templates, for your own website.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pellizzaro Massimiliano on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has been a very interesting reading for me since it covers a lot of topics in a different way than usual. It's not a book for beginners, it does not teach you how to use XSLT from scratch neither teaches you how to build a web application if you have never done one. This book serve for mid-expert web application designer and builder in understanding the beauty,
and the need, to learn xml and xslt.
By reading this book you learn to appreciate the importance of xml and how you can effectively use it in your web application. The book requires a basic knowledge of xml and xslt, but if you have already use it, even not much,
you will learn that you cannot totally miss the knowledge of this important topic.
While reading this book my feeling has been to run on a store and
buy more dedicated books of all the topics that are discussed throughout this book. Definitely what most have impressed me are three different topics well covered on this book: Schematron, XSLT java extension and Cocoon. I feel more confident
and sure that I need to get e dapper understanding of these three topics, and this book gave me the right flavour for them. I recommend this book for both developers but most for designers that need to migrate from traditional web application
to a complete xml and xslt web applications.
Max Pellizzaro
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. S. McRoberts on September 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book, in part, based on the positive reviews I've read here. But in actually reading the book, I've found that far too much time is spent on the Schematron rule-based schema validation mechanism. Kirsanov evangelizes Schematron with the fervor of a religious zealot. By the middle of the second chapter (the chapters are long--that's okay) I was already tired of hearing how Schematron is the best thing since sliced bread. I'm not particularly interested in using Schematron (though I see how the hybrid XSDL/Schematron approach could be valuable) because I'm already committed to using XSDL schemas. Unfortunately, the examples in this book use Schematron rather than XSDL, so the value of the examples is limited.

BTW, the schematron URL in the book ([...]) is 404, but I found some stuff at [...] and [...] Honestly the content there seemed pretty cheesy, despite the fact that ISO has supposedly approved Schematron as a standard.
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