- Series: Programmer to Programmer
- Paperback: 1008 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 2 edition (May 3, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764543814
- ISBN-13: 978-0764543814
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As XML begins to take hold, the eXtensible Stylesheet Language: Transformation (XSLT) standard will be playing a major role in making all those XML predictions a reality. Author Michael Kay exudes enthusiasm in this guide, XSLT Programmer's Reference, by taking every opportunity to illustrate the power and flexibility of XSLT.
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
- XSLT transformation processing model
- Style sheet structure
- XSLT element reference
- Expressions patterns
- Style-sheet design patterns
- Case studies
- Microsoft MSXML3
From the Publisher
XSLT Programmer's Reference is a compact, up to date and relevant explanation of the W3C's XSLT and XPath recommendations, including any material that they rely on from referenced specifications such as XML, XML Namespaces, IEEE and Java. 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. --This text refers to the Digital edition.
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2. If you are unclear on the purposes of XSLT, understand that it is a programming language for converting data, performing scripting tasks, etc. on the way to a pure HTML or XML layout. I only mention this because some developers seem to be operating under the mistaken belief that XSLT is an appropriate subject for graphic designers, perhaps because XSLT contains the word "style." Do NOT get this book for your design staff.
3. Not a major hurdle for most of us, but some implementations, such as Xalan, are not covered.
That aside, this is a fantastic book. Everything I can think of in the XSL arena is covered, including extending XSL. The author, Michael Kay, who was such a force on the Professional XML team, once again proves to be an excellent writer. The browser specific details are just what I needed to solve many of my real-world production problems. And I continue to be amazed at the speed with which Wrox gets these comprehensive volumes to press.
I have the XML Bible but like most books on XML, they only treat XSLT/XSLF with a chapter or two. I was getting sick of formatting my XML using the most basic XSL commands available and that's what these XML books were offering. Solution: book on XSL! I wanted to learn how to make my formatted XML more dynamic, more functionable in the browser.
The book does start on a slightly XSL beginner's note. It goes over XSLT's background (probably cases for XSL over CSS) and the structure of an XSL stylesheet. From here, it goes in to a nice, 200-page XSL element reference with more transforming element tags than you can shake a stick at. After a chapter on Expressions, my two favorite chapters on Patterns & Functions show the real power of XSL. The book concludes with a chapter on Design Patterns (probably help you organize your XSL code more functionally), Worked Examples (not enough books have these contained within!), and XML/XSL-related products.
Make sure you have some XML background first! Maybe that goes without saying, but I'll still offer Wrox's Professional XML as a primer. Please keep in mind that this XSLT book is an 800-page reference with a tiny tutorial section on XSL. If you are relatively new to XSL and want the basics, you are better off getting your info on the web [...] and when you've got those XSL offerings down, then go to this reference!
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