XSLT Cookbookby Sal Mangano
Forget those funky robot toys that were all the rage in the '80s, XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Transformations) is the ultimate transformer. This powerful language is expert at transforming XML documents into PDF files, HTML documents, JPEG files--virtually anything your heart desires. As useful as XSLT is, though, most people have a difficult time learning its… See more details below
Forget those funky robot toys that were all the rage in the '80s, XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Transformations) is the ultimate transformer. This powerful language is expert at transforming XML documents into PDF files, HTML documents, JPEG files--virtually anything your heart desires. As useful as XSLT is, though, most people have a difficult time learning its many peculiarities. And now Version 2.0, while elegant and powerful, has only added to the confusion.
XSLT Cookbook, Second Edition wants to set the record straight. It helps you sharpen your programming skills and overall understanding of XSLT through a collection of detailed recipes. Each recipe breaks down a specific problem into manageable chunks, giving you an easy-to-grasp roadmap for integrating XSLT with your data and applications. No other XSLT book around employs this practical problem-solution-discussion format.
In addition to offering code recipes for solving everyday problems with XSLT 1.0, this new edition shows you how to leverage the improvements found in XSLT 2.0, such as how to simplify the string manipulation and date/time conversion processes. The book also covers XPath 2.0, a critical companion standard, as well as topics ranging from basic transformations to complex sorting and linking. It even explores extension functions on a variety of different XSLT processors and shows ways to combine multiple documents using XSLT. Code examples add a real-world dimension to each technique.
Whether you're just starting out in XSLT or looking for advanced techniques, you'll find the level of information you need in XSLT Cookbook, Second Edition.
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Buy it. Read it. Use it. Prosper. If your doing XSLT it is simply that good.
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.