by Bob DuCharme firstname.lastname@example.org
"XSLT Quickly" is a tutorial and concise users guide to using XSLT for people who want to get up to speed with XSLT development as quickly as possible.
"Kudos also to XSLT Quickly - really good XSLT book, and at a good price for the e-book. Bob DuCharme does a great job at using MANY examples to demonstrate the topics in great detail." - John on jotdotnet.blogspot.com, November 18 2004.
"...this guide makes it easier to find solutions to most development problems...will help XSLT users get common transformations done with minimal time and effort." - Visualbuilder.com
"...the author describes how things work in detail, shows the best way to perform a task, warns about subtle issues you would spend hours fighting with on your own. I found the explanations very useful: even reading about basic concepts can bring discoveries." - JavaRanch
"If you need to learn how to transform your XML documents, "XSLT Quickly" is the best place to begin...It's ideal as a tutorial for beginners or as a reference for more experienced developers. The price is right - less than $30, and the book easily pays for itself in time saved." - Mark Garrett in since1968.com.
Manning's web page for the book, where you can order the book and link to the author forum and errata page.
Download the example files (see readme.txt in the zip file) for the book.
The book has two parts: a tutorial and a users guide. The following shows the introductions for these two parts, which will give you an idea of the book's goals.
Part 1: Getting Started with XSLT
This tutorial will get you comfortable with the XSLT techniques necessary to perform the most basic transformation operations as you convert one document into another: reordering, renaming and deleting elements, renaming and deleting attributes, converting attributes into elements and elements into attributes, and selecting elements for processing based on their attribute values.
There's much more to XSLT than these operations, as the rest of this book shows, but these will get you far in tasks such as the following:
All of these tasks usually involve taking a subset of some data, rearranging the order of the pieces, and renaming some pieces. Once you can do these, you're ready to take part in the assembly of some of the most important parts of an e-commerce system.
Part 2: XSLT Users Guide: How do I work with...
This part of the book covers some advanced aspects of XSLT in more detail. Not exhaustive detail, because this isn't a reference book; as a users guide, this part of the book presents background and examples for different areas of XSLT so that you can put them to work in your stylesheets as quickly as possible.
There are seven chapters covering the following areas:
Appendixes in XSLT Quickly provide a quick reference to XSLT syntax, notes and sample command lines for running several XSLT command line processors, and a glossary.
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