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XSLT for Dummies
by Richard Wagner, Richard Wagner "As a sports fan, I enjoy watching all kinds of team sports, whether football,basketball, baseball, or an Olympic team competition..." (more)
SIPs: your result document, this template rule, empty template rule, two template rules, following template rule (more)

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Book Description
Restructuring information in an XML document so that it works in other formats used to be a time-consuming ordeal involving lots of blood, sweat, and tears. Now XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) makes the process nearly instantaneous. Just provide an example of the kind of information you’d like to see, and XSLT does the rest. With XSLT you can effortlessly transform XML documents into virtually any kind of output, including other XML documents and HTML pages. But mastering XSLT can be tricky, especially if you’ve never worked with XML or HTML; and most books on the subject are written for people who have. Here comes XSLT For Dummies to the rescue!

XSLT For Dummies is your ticket to quickly mastering XSLT—no matter what your prior programming experience. Writing in easygoing, plain English, XML pro Richard Wagner provides expert advice, step-by-step guidance, and tons of crystal-clear examples to help you harness the power of XSLT to transform documen ts. In no time you’ll:

  • Understand how XSLT works with XSL and XPath
  • Experiment with templates, stylesheets, and expressions
  • Perform HTML transformations
  • Master XPath data types and functions
  • Combine XSLT stylesheets
  • Explore cool XSLT programming tricks

XSLT For Dummies works from the ground up, starting with a practical introduction of the “X-Team”—XML, XSL, XSLT, and X-Path—and instructions on how to write a XSLT stylesheet. From there it quickly moves onward and upward through the whole range of important XSLT topics, including:

  • Transforming with stylesheets
  • Understanding and using template rules
  • Using XPath to locate nodes in XML documents
  • Combining XSLT stylesheets and adding processing instructions
  • Debugging XSLT transformations
  • Ten XSLT processors available online

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a babe in the woods who can’t tell a “tag” from an element, or you’re an old pro at creating XML documents, XSLT For Dummies offers you a fun, easy way to explore and take full advantage of Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations.

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Friendly guide covers the essentials first-time XSLT users need to know about creating basic style sheets, working with various Web browsers, navigating XSLT tools, transforming XML, and putting the technology to work. Softcover.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Make this the first XSLT book that you read., September 1, 2004
Reviewer:wooks "wookies" (uk) - See all my reviews
I tried reading Tidwell and Tennison, but found them hard going. This book will get you going in XSLT, thereafter you may wish to resort to a heavier tome for more detail.

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Excellent XSLT Book, March 15, 2004
Reviewer:Ganzago Tanren (Washington DC, United States) - See all my reviews
There are very few books that I'd rave about but this is one. Mr. Wagner has made it easy for those of us in the programming world to finally enjoy this elegant language and methodology. He provides what I feel in my 20+ year career, is the easiest and most complete approach to learning XSLT.

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easy to read but not very advanced, January 23, 2003
Reviewer:mh "michaelhaltresht2" (Dayton, Ohio) - See all my reviews
The book has many complete examples, so it is easy to read and use. As its name indicates, it does not go into the more advanced features. All in all, it's quite suitable for beginners.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Excellent XSLT book, September 20, 2002
Reviewer: A reader
I've now read 4 different books covering XSLT, and it wasn't until I read this one that it finally made sense to me. Nothing is taken for granted in this book; he teaches XSLT from the beginning and enables you to learn it from the ground up. I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with XSLT that needs some solid, core instruction.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

THE XSLT book I have been waiting for!, July 13, 2002
Reviewer:"debasererer" (United States) - See all my reviews
I have (and I will) read lots more books dealing with XSLT transformations for XML content, but there is something about the Dummies series that I find so helpful and/or reassuring. I don't like having my time wasted, but when they're done right Dummies books maintain a tone and scope that tells me just enough about everything I need to know in a topic. I read them and then I go on to O'Reillys (or whatever) with what feels like a pretty solid introductory knowledge. When they're good, I love the Dummies. I've been looking forward to this one for about a year and a half, and it has turned out to be just what I'd have hoped.

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