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Re: XSLT Cookbook - HELP
Subject: Re: XSLT Cookbook - HELP|
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 13:29:31 -0400
Of course I can't speak for the book, but it does strike me you may be
finding it poorly organized because it is organized for a purpose different
from the one you are putting it to -- rather than a set of tutorial
examples to be run through in sequence, think of it as an ad-hoc reference
guide and mine for ideas. The title "XSLT Cookbook", especially in the
context of other O'Reilly titles such as the Perl and Python cookbooks,
might be the hint here. (Most cooks don't make all the recipes in a
cookbook, in order, even to learn how to cook. :-)
Once you've grasped the concepts in Jeni's book, I should think the best
way to learn would be just to write code and solve problems, turning to the
more advanced resources when necessary. This is partly because XSLT is now
a rather huge and various thing (being applied widely to solve a great
range of problems), so examples to solve one type of problem may have
little or no bearing on another, and it makes sense to explore the problem
space starting in territory closer to home.
Just $0.02 from an unconcerned bystander. Anything about writing XSLT we
can help you with?
At 06:08 AM 8/31/2003, you wrote:
I am newish to XSLT and brought the book 'XSLT Cookbook', after reading
"Beginning XSLT". I am trying to work through the "XML to SVG" chapter.
However, I find the book VERY disorganized. I have spent the best part of
my weekend trying to marry up code in the book with the downloaded code
files and then trying to get the examples to run. In some cases the code
is very different, where comments are removed (fair enough) but also whole
new blocks of code are added ??????????. I think even advanced XML/XSLT
users would find this a hassle.
The online reviews I have read for this book say it's excellent! And I am
hoping it is just my lack of experience with XML and XSLT that is the main
problem and that someone out there can help (Sol?, Jenny?).
Q1. How do I run the code on page 338 ("test-axis3" not "test-axis1" as
expected), using Xalan? It seems to me that there is no XML data file to
transform and produce "axis3.svg". ?
Some attempts where:
1. Using a 'dummy.xml' file that contains only an empty "root" node.
C:\XSLTCkBkCode\svg>java org.apache.xalan.xslt.Process -IN dummy.xml -XSL
test-axis3.xslt -OUT axis3output.svg
2. Trying to run just an xslt file in isolation (although I don't believe
that it is possible)
C:\XSLTCkBkCode\svg>java org.apache.xalan.xslt.Process -IN test-axis3.xslt
Q2. Is there additional support info about this book about the downloaded
code and how to run them. If there is not, I strongly recommend one be created.
"Thus I make my own use of the telegraph, without consulting
the directors, like the sparrows, which I perceive use it
extensively for a perch." -- Thoreau
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