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Xslt Cookbook 2ND Editionby Sal Mangano
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Written in a question and answer format, this book offers techniques for using extensible stylesheet language transformations (XSLT) to convert XML documents into other useful forms. The 136 solutions to commons problems address string processing, mathematics, dates and times, document traversal, XML queries, HTML, scalable vector graphics, code generation, debugging, and generic programming. The second edition adds chapters on XPath and XSLT 2.0.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
Written in a question and answer format, this book offers techniques for using extensible stylesheet language transformations (XSLT) to convert XML documents into other useful forms. The 136 solutions to commons problems address string processing, mathematics, dates and times, document traversal, XML queries, HTML, scalable vector graphics, code generation, debugging, and generic programming. The second edition adds chapters on XPath and XSLT 2.0. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
There's great anticipation surrounding the release of XSLT 2.0, the new version of the language that's critical for converting XML documents into other formats, such as HTML code or a PDF file. Unfortunately, version 2.0's constant delays and massive complexity has caused Microsoft, for one, to shelve plans for using XSLT 2.0 in upcoming products. So, while developers will continue to rely on the XSLT 1.0 standard, they'll also want to explore the capabilities of XSLT 2.0 during what is likely to be a long transition period.
To help bridge the version gap, the new edition of XSLT Cookbook not only offers code recipes for solving everyday problems with XSLT 1.0, but also shows developers how to take advantage of new features in XSLT 2.0. More than just a collection of cut-and-paste code, this practical book enables developers to sharpen their programming skills and their understanding of XSLT through the detailed explanations provided with each recipe. Since it's often difficult to find just the right solution in XSLT, the problem-solution-discussion approach is especially applicable.
About the Author
Sal Mangano has worked as a developer on Wall Street for 12 years, including work at the New York Stock Exchange and Morgan Stanley. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University and is currently working as an independent consultant, focused on financial applications of XML and related technologies.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: XPathChapter 2: StringsChapter 3: Numbers and MathChapter 4: Dates and TimesChapter 5: Selecting and TraversingChapter 6: Exploiting XSLT 2.0Chapter 7: XML to TextChapter 8: XML to XMLChapter 9: Querying XMLChapter 10: XML to HTMLChapter 11: XML to SVGChapter 12: Code GenerationChapter 13: Vertical XSLT Application RecipesChapter 14: Extending and Embedding XSLTChapter 15: Testing and DebuggingChapter 16: Generic and Functional ProgrammingColophon
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