|XSLT For Dummies|
|by Richard Wagner|
|Hungry Minds 2002|
Everyone seems to be talking about Extensible Markup Language (XML) these days. You know how mothers areI cant even visit my relatives over the holidays without my mom broaching the topic of XML at Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, XML has become quite a buzzword , but Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) is the power that takes all this XML and turns it into something useful and flexible.
XSLT is a language used to transform XML documents into something new. It can take one XML document and output that documents information into a completely different structure or turn XML into an HTML document for viewing on the Web. XSLT isnt a general-purpose programming language, such as Java or Visual Basic; its focus is solely on transforming XML.
Before I get any farther along, I have to point out the elephant in the roomXSLTs long-winded name. Who came up with that name anyway? I think the people responsible should be forced to say, Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations, aloud ten times and hope their tongues dont fall off! XSLTs full name may be a mouthful, but this book carves up each piece of XSLT into manageable, chewable morsels.
XSLT can be confusing if you dont have a solid understanding of its syntax, quirky abbreviations, and the esoteric terminology it sometimes uses. But XSLT For Dummies can help you write XSLT stylesheets and, just as important, grasp why and how transformations work. In addition, see www.dummies.com/extras/xsltfd for code examples as well as a helpful editing tool of my own creation which I call the X-Factor.
Above all, you can use XSLT For Dummies as your guide for quickly developing the know-how of XSLTwithout drowning in technical gobbledygook.