XSLT, 2nd Edition
Mastering XML Transformations
By Doug Tidwell
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2008
Pages: 990

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.

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Comments about oreilly XSLT, 2nd Edition:

I recently used this book in a three day elementary course in XSLT and found it a great complementary to my online teaching materials. The students each received a copy, and were happy to find a plethora of useful examples.

A few typos here and there (some that obfuscated the example code) could easily have been eliminated by a simpe proof reading. Hopefully theere will be budget for that in the next edition :)

All in all a great book!

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