XSLT 2nd Edition Programmer's Reference (Programmer's References Series)

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This compact, relevant, updated version reflects recent changes in the XSLT specification and developments in XSLT parsers. The material on tools and implementations has been revised; so too have all the examples. It also includes a new chapter on writing extension functions.

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Overview

What is this book about?

This compact, relevant, updated version reflects recent changes in the XSLT specification and developments in XSLT parsers. The material on tools and implementations has been revised; so too have all the examples. It also includes a new chapter on writing extension functions.

XML has firmly established itself as the universal standard for managing data for the web and is now being implemented on a wide scale.

XSL (eXtensible Stylesheet Language), a vital companion to XML, is used for two main purposes: to format or style XML data so that it can be displayed in a browser and to transform XML data (XSLT). When you transform an XML document, you manipulate the data into a new structure, for example, re-ordering the data. This enables the same data store to be used in an unlimited number of ways. XSLT is a flexible, customizable, and cross-platform language.

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.

What does this book cover?

In this book, you'll find the following topics covered:

  • The rationale behind XSLT: What is it for?
  • The XSLT processing model
  • Design patterns and stylesheet structure
  • A full reference to the XPath and XSLT languages
  • The use of XSLT with worked examplesCurrently available XSLT processors - updated to reflect recent advances in XSLT parser technology
  • Coverage of proposed specification enhancements

Who is this book for?

This book is for programmers already using XML to organize their data in applications and for those who want to use the power and compatibility of XSLT to improve the display of their data. The book is in three parts: a detailed introduction to the concepts of the language, a reference section giving comprehensive specifications and working examples of every feature, and an exploitation guide giving advice and case studies for the advanced user.

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As we've often said, the true power of XSL lies in its ability to transform content for myriad uses. The language XSL uses to perform this magic is XSLT. It's flexible, customizable, cross-platform, and (as author Michael Kay observes), notoriously difficult to understand. That's why you need Kay's XSLT 1.1 Programmer's Reference, Second Edition.

Kay begins by offering needed context -- helping you understand what XSLT can do, how it evolved from the even more bewildering DSSSL, and its key attributes (for example, its reliance on rules and on XML syntax). Kay reviews the XSLT processing model, as well as the structure of XSLT stylesheets. Next, he offers an example-rich reference to XSLT's key elements, expressions, patterns, and functions.

All the examples in this new Second Edition have been updated to reflect improvements in the XSLT 1.1 standard and the latest generation of XSLT parsers. You'll also find a new chapter on writing extension functions, which enable you to call custom C functions from an XSL stylesheet.

The book includes appendices covering the latest parsers, including Microsoft's MSXML3, Xalan, Oracle, and Kay's own well-regarded SAXON processor. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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This reference defines the syntax rules, attributes, effect, and usage of the key language features of XSLT, and offers design advice and case studies for the advanced user. Elements, expressions, patterns, and functions are listed alphabetically in separate sections. The second edition reflects the new working draft of XSLT 1.1., and adds more descriptions of XSLT products. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764543814
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Programmer's Reference Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kay has spent most of his career as a software designer and systems architect, and has recently moved to Software AG, where he is specialising in XML database and transformation technology.  He also represents Software AG on the W3C XSL Working Group.  Previously he worked on a number of electronic commerce and publishing projects with ICL, the IT services supplier.  His background is in database technology: he has worked on the design of network, relational, and object-oriented database software products as well as a text search engine. In the XML world he is known as the developer of the open source Saxon product.
Michael lives in Reading, Berkshire with his wife and daughter. His hobbies, as you might guess from the examples in this book, include genealogy and choral singing.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1: XSLT in Context.

Chapter 2: The XSLT Processing Model.

Chapter 3: Stylesheet Structure.

Chapter 4: XSLT Elements.

Chapter 5: Expressions.

Chapter 6: Patterns.

Chapter 7: Functions.

Chapter 8: Writing Extension Functions.

Chapter 9: Stylesheet Design Patterns.

Chapter 10: Worked Examples.

Appendix A: Microsoft MSXML3.

Appendix B: Oracle.

Appendix C: Saxon.

Appendix D: Xalan.

Appendix E: Other Products.

Appendix F: TrAX: The Transformation API for XML.

Glossary.

Index A – Elements.

Index B – Functions.

Index C – General.

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