XSLT Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for XML and XSLT Developers

XSLT Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for XML and XSLT Developers

by Sal Mangano
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XSLT Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for XML and XSLT Developers by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596553302
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/14/2005
Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly)
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 778
Sales rank: 925,982
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Sal Mangano has been developing software for over 12 years and has worked on many mission-critical applications, especially in the area of financial-trading applications. Unlike many XML/XSLT developers, he did not approach the technology from the standpoint of the Internet and Web development but rather from the broader need for a general-purpose, data-transformation framework. This experience has given him a unique perspective that has influenced many of the recipes in his book, the XSLT Cookbook. Sal has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University.

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XSLT Cookbook 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buy it. Read it. Use it. Prosper. If your doing XSLT it is simply that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.