XSLT: Mastering XML Transformations

XSLT: Mastering XML Transformations

by Doug Tidwell
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XSLT: Mastering XML Transformations by Doug Tidwell

After years of anticipation and delay, the W3C finally released the XSLT 2.0 standard in January 2007. The revised edition of this classic book offers practical, real-world examples that demonstrate how you can apply XSLT stylesheets to XML data using either the new specification, or the older XSLT 1.0 standard.

XSLT is a critical language for converting XML documents into other formats, such as HTML code or a PDF file. With XSLT, you get a thorough understanding of XSLT and XPath and their relationship to other web standards, along with recommendations for a honed toolkit in an open platform-neutral, standards-based environment. This book:

  • Covers the XSLT basics, including simple stylesheets and methods for setting up transformation engines
  • Walks you through the many parts of XSLT, particularly XSLT's template-based approach to transformations
  • Applies both XSLT 1.0 and 2.0 solutions to the same problems, helping you decide which version of XSLT is more appropriate for your project
  • Includes profuse examples that complement both the tutorial and the reference material

The new edition of XSLT has been updated thoroughly to explain XSLT 2.0's many dependencies, notably XML Schema and XPath 2.0. Want to find out how the 2.0 specification improves on the old? This book will explain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449391126
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/26/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 990
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Doug Tidwell is a senior programmer at IBM. He has more than a sixth of a century of programming experience, and has been working with markup languages for more than a decade. He was a speaker at the first XML conference in 1997, and has taught XML classes around the world. His job as a Cyber Evangelist is to look busy and to help people use new technologies to solve problems. Using a pair of zircon-encrusted tweezers, he holds a master's degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Georgia. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, cooking teacher Sheri Castle (see her web site at http://www.sheri-inc.com) and their daughter Lily.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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