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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    O'Reilly delivers again

    Although Tidwell emphasizes a real-world approach to tackling XSLT and includes plenty of practical examples in the book, he doesn't skimp when it comes to delivering the types of conceptual explanations (sections like 'How a Stylesheet is processed' in Chpt 2 and 'The XPath View of an XML Document' in Chpt. 3) that help readers understand what's going on 'under the hood'. Including a separate chapter covering the basics of XPath early in the book also makes for much easier reading, since we aren't left scrounging for scraps of information scattered throughout the text when XPath-related questions arise. If not for the fact that some authors have actually taken the opposite approach (introducing XPath concepts as they arise in the context of a discussion of XSLT), this would have seemed like a no-brainer. No review of this book would be complete without mentioning the value added by the appendices. Once you've digested all of the material in the body of the text, you'll likely continue to keep Tidwell's book close at hand because of Appendices A and C. Appendix A, the XSLT Reference, features a comprehensive dictionary-style reference for every element in XSLT 1.0 - including an XML source document, an example stylesheet that makes use of the element, and the result of the transformation for each. Appendix C, the XSLT and XPath Function Reference, follows a similar format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    poor writer

    XSLT and related technology are sufficiently different from typical programming lanuages that they benefit from explanations that are careful, precise, and free of ambiguity. This is not such a book. It is full of careless phrasing, ambiguities, puzzling logic, and poorly chosen analogies. Frequently while reading it I wanted to throw it across the room.

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