XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)

XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Michael Kay
05 May 2008
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This book is primarily a practical reference book for professional XSLT developers. It assumes no previous knowledge of the language, and many developers have used it as their first introduction to XSLT; however, it is not structured as a tutorial, and there are other books on XSLT that provide a gentler approach for beginners.The book does assume a basic knowledge of XML, HTML, and the architecture of the Web, and it is written for experienced programmers.

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Customer Reviews

JHC said
This is not a review of the book per se, but rather my experience with it... I bought this book recently. I didn't get very far into it before I realized that (at the time of this review) XSLT and XPath 2.0 are not supported by any web browsers. I want to do client-side XSL transformations for use in a web application, so XSLT 2.0 will not work for me. I need to stick with XSLT 1.0.

My ignorance has no bearing on the quality of the book. The book looks like a great reference, but if you're new to XSLT like I am, you should do some research first and be sure you can use this new technology before buying the book.

I'm giving it 3 stars (a neutral rating).

Harrison A. Curtis said
I needed a thorough and detailed understanding of XSLT and XPATH after taking over development of a BPEL application. This book is intimidating until you get into it. It is a reference document and covers the subject in detail, but in contrast to many other reference books it is easy to read and understand. There are numerous examples and the author has bent over backwards to make sure he doesn't loose the reader while explaining the topic. Also, it appears to be well organized so I will be able to quickly find a the subject when the need arises.

E. B. Phillips said
It is considerably useful, but please bear in mind that it is organized as a reference book. It doesn't slowly build up your understanding like a textbook approach, but rather lays it on thickly like molasses.

M. E. Andrell Limited said
Absolutely essential source of information for those who are serious about using XSLT in general and 2.0 in particular.
Viktor Melekhine

Peter Rushforth said
This is the definitive work on XSLT & XPath, in a new format that will stand the test of time. The 4th edition contains new background material about the development and history of XSLT & XPath.

Some web content for the downloads was not present on the book download site, but this was addressed quickly when pointed out, by the author.

My only wish is that Michael Kay would write a book on XQuery now...

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