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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006


    Are you a developer? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Sal Mangano, has done an outstanding job of writing a 2nd edition of a book that offers hundreds of solutions to problems that developers regularly face in both versions 1.0 and 2.0. Mangano, begins by briefly explaining the greater sophistication and complexity of Xpath 2.0. Then, the author shows you that almost anything one wants to do with strings can be done within the confines of XSLT as well as, how the new features of 2.0 make it that much easier. The author then shows you how to push the limits of XSLT¿s mathematical capabilities, even though XSLT was not designed to be the next great Fortran replacement. Next, he describes date and time recipes that augment an area standard that XSLT 1.0 currently lacks. The author continues by exploring the problems XSLT was specifically designed to solve. Then, the author presents an overview of XSLT 2.0. Next, he provides recipes that control how text extracted from XML is rendered for layout on the terminal, on the text editor, or for import to programs that require delimited data, such as comma separated values. The author then covers XML transformations. Then, he presents a treasure trove of recipes that demonstrate XSLT as a query language. The author continues by demonstrating solutions to problems that arise when generating web content, including links, tables, frames, forms, and other client-side transformation issues. Then, he describes the transformation of raw data into bar charts, pie charts, line plots, and other graphical components. Next, the author shows you the advantage gained from representing the data that drives code generation in XML and illustrates how XSLT is ideal for writing code generators for C++, Java, and XSLT itself. He also includes some advance uses of XSLT. The author continues by providing extensive coverage of XSLT extensibility using Java and JavaScript. Then, he demonstrates useful techniques that can help you transform misbehaved XSLT programs into functional ones, even if you don¿t have a nature XSLT debugger handy. Finally, he pushes the XSLT envelope to show how XSLT is far more than just another styling language. This most excellent book has recipes that range from simple string manipulation and mathematical processing to more complex topics such as extending XSLT, testing and debugging XSLT stylesheets, and creating graphics with SVG. More importantly, the recipes in this book will guide you through many different ways of applying XSLT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Wow! What a great XSLT book!

    The O¿Reilly Cookbook series is a great place to find answers to really hard problems. I like the series because I can go to the ¿cookbook¿ subject I¿m having trouble with, leaf through a few pages, and see an answer to a problem that is similar to my own. The XSLT Cookbook is very similar in structure to the other ¿cookbooks¿, but with an XSLT flavor. After going through the various recipes in this book, I can honestly say that I am amazed at the kind of things you can do with just XSLT. You can do more than just reformat XML to look nice on an HTML page¿you can even use it to calculate statistical functions! Even if you¿re not planning on calculating a combinatoric, just looking through some of these patterns will make you a better XSLT programmer. One nice thing this book provides beyond the recipes is a discussion on how to extend XSLT via SAXON or Java. There is also discussion on how to use XSLT via Perl or Java. I was very impressed by the amount of time and thought that was put into the creation of many of these recipes¿not only are many of them really, really hard to do, but they¿re also things I¿ve seen a real need for in the real world. XSLT programmers, do yourself a favor and take a look through this book before you hurt your brain with your next assignment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    A must have for XSLT developers

    Buy it. Read it. Use it. Prosper. If your doing XSLT it is simply that good.

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