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<pre>Author/s : Sal Mangano
Publisher : O'Reilly
Category : XML
Review by : John Wetherbie
Rating : 8 horseshoes
XSLT Cookbook presents specific solutions to situations you come across when using XSLT. While the book can help solve an immediate problem it can also be used as an intermediate or advanced level text to get a better understanding of XSLT and how to write stylesheets.
There are fourteen chapters dealing with topics such as Strings, Dates and Numbers, Selecting and Traversing, XML to HTML, Code Generation, and Testing and Debugging. Each problem has a short problem statement, a solution, and a discussion of the solution. The solution discussions often describe alternates and why they were not selected as the preferred solution.
I have not read the entire book yet but picked chapters that were of interest to me. The Selecting and Traversing and Testing and Debugging chapters contain approaches I could use right away. The Generic and Functional Programming chapter was very interesting and I wish this book had been available in mid-2002 when I was doing code generation work with XSLT. Good stuff in every chapter I have read!
This is a book that most, if not all, XSLT developers should have. For beginners it provides concrete examples of how to use XSLT. For more advanced developers it provides a good reference for solving that problem you are trying to solve.

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