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Kay calls XSLT the "SQL of the Web"--a phrase that is sure to perk up the ears of many readers expecting a simple documentation of just another Web-language standard. Like other Wrox Programmer's Reference series titles, this book starts off with chapters that rapidly introduce the concepts and set the context for the core of the book, which is a complete documentation of the XSLT standard. The book uses this space well to explore the transformation process and the tree structure that is used for both input and output of style sheet documents. By the time the reader gets to the reference section of the book, he or she will be convinced of the power of XSLT.
Each element of XSLT is covered with concise examples that include both the source XML code and style sheet code. XSLT style sheets can be used in a variety of ways and across a wide spectrum of complexity. The book helps the reader grasp this concept by presenting four style-sheet design patterns that comprise the vast majority of implementations. The text looks at each, demonstrating how to identify the design pattern by its content and apply it to appropriate circumstances.
XSLT is the true muscle behind XML and is integral to putting XML to work in the real world. This title is simply a must-have for any developer utilizing XML. --Stephen W. Plain
Very simple book. Dont be fooled by the volume of the book. As it says its only a reference and it has simple examples for each described item. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tarkan
It's rare that a technical reference book is clearly written, comprehensive, and painstakingly accurate and precise, but Michael Kay has managed to pull it off with this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Patrick Goetz
I'm biased towards this book vs. newer editions, since I [like many of us] am still forced to use a XSLT 1.0 implementation.
For that, this book is the bible. Read more
This book, as the other reviewers have said, is an awful beginning or reference text for XSLT.
I have to whip up an XSL transform only a few times a year, so I never... Read more
This review is for "XSLT: Programmer's Reference 2nd Edition." The book covers XSLT 1.0 and XPath 1.0. Read morePublished on June 4, 2007 by S. Tang
I just finished up about 3 years on a job where one of my primary functions was editing, troubleshooting, teaching, and writing XSLT. Read morePublished on March 23, 2007 by Amazon Customer
This is the worst technical book I've ever used. There is no organization to it, and there is redundant information, especially in the elements listing section. Read morePublished on March 5, 2006 by Cranko
It is a pity but I have to write I am not satisfied with the book. It is kind of a book which does not concetrate on the main purpose of a reading - "to learn something". Read morePublished on December 8, 2005 by P. Kleja
As other's have noted, this book presents all the relevant information in a logical order with clear and well-designed examples, leading the reader from basics to complexities. Read morePublished on August 29, 2005 by Kulero