XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference, 4th Edition
By Michael Kay
Publisher: Wiley / Wrox
Final Release Date: March 2010
Pages: 1376

Combining coverage of XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 into one book, thisauthoritative reference provides equal weight to the powerful newfeatures of XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 and the established capabilitiesof the 1.0 versions. Author Michael Kay has created his ownimplementation of XSLT 2.0 (Saxon), and he puts his uniqueknowledge to work in this detailed reference to the elements of theXSLT 2.0 language and the fundamentals of XPath, complete withsyntax, practical usage advice, and examples.

The book begins by teaching the essential concepts behind thelanguage, knowledge you need if you are going to write good coderather than just working code. You will discover how XSLT and XPathdiffer from other languages, and how you use them to createeffective web-based applications. The central chapters providemeticulous coverage of the language features of XSLT 2.0 and XPath2.0. You will return to this reference whenever you encounter newprogramming challenges. You finish with detailed case studieshighlighting real applications to give you insights you wouldotherwise gain only from months of practical experience.

What you will learn from this book

  • All the XSLT elements you can use in a stylesheet and thedetailed rules for the syntax and semantics of each

  • How Path expressions enable you to navigate around the structureof an XML document

  • How you can improve your stylesheets by taking advantage of theXML Schema definitions of input and output documents

  • How to take advantage of vendor extensions without losingportability

  • Techniques for taking advantage of XSLT to write realapplications

Who this book is for
This book is for experienced programmers who are looking tobecome proficient with XSLT 2.0. Previous experience with XSLT orXPath is not necessary. However, a working knowledge of XML, HTML,and web architecture is beneficial.

Wrox Programmer's References are designed to give theexperienced developer straight facts on a new technology, withouthype or unnecessary explanations. They deliver hard informationwith plenty of practical examples to help you apply new tools toyour development projects today.

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    Comments about oreilly XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference, 4th Edition:

    The book reads like the author knows what he is talking about, but he is writing for Windows Systems. I am using Macintosh machines and the less expensive software he recommends does not install well on the MAC. I only got into Chapter three before deciding this is as the title suggests a Reference Manual.

    I am going to find a beginners course and try this book when I know more..

    Definitely not for a beginner.

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