||Author: Chuck White|
List Price: $49.99
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Publisher: Sybex (15 June, 2002)
Sales Rank: 602,424
Average Customer Rating: 3.4 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
Sad, sad, sad!
This is just another disturbing computer science book that has never been competently edited. Very verbose, but the real oddity is the lack of meaningful words, or any words, to explain syntax when it is obviously needed. I was really sorry that I waisted my money and time reading this book after reading positive reviews. Never again will I make a purchase on so few reviews. Look for similarity in negative comments to find the truth about books in reviews.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Very in-depth, invaluable but not for beginners
I have started reading this book and I am very impressed. The book is very detailed and full of valuable insights and tips that no doubt come from the extensive experience of the author.
XSLT is covered by many general XML books and there are a few books dedicated to it but when one start to use XSLT for complex real-life application often these books fall short. For instance, many books do not satisfactorily explain how to deal with namespaces, or white space or how to implement recursion.
Some of the examples given in the book are great as well: producing svg, rtf, pdf and documentation for the stylesheet. I also like the fact that the author is aware of XSLT 2.0 (currently a W3C working draft) which is not the case for many others xslt books and the fact that he spends some time covering vendor extensions. Generally I find it to be the most comprehensive reference contained in a single book.
The only downside of this book is that it is catered toward advanced readers. I do not recommend this book for somebody new to XML and XSLT. I think it would be hard to grasp the concepts using only this book as it comes right in the meat of the matter. For beginners I would rather recommend to start with the XSLT book from O'Reilly (ISBN: 0596000537) which is an easier read, to be later complemented by O'Reilly's XSLT coockbook (ISBN: 0596003722) which is also excellent.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Before I bought this book, I took a look at many books for deciding which one to buy.I bought this book 'coz it seemed the best one for me, and. indeed, it is. It explains a lot about xslt template and the neccessary functions. Many other books don't have any explanation about how to use it. I strongly recommend this book!
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