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Re: XSLT Programmer's Reference 4th Edition
Subject: Re: XSLT Programmer's Reference 4th Edition|
From: "Jay Bryant" <jay@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 13:32:10 -0500
I'll get two: one for me and one for a friend whose job is now forcing her
down the XML/XSL path (about time from my point of view, of course).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 3:28 AM
Subject: XSLT Programmer's Reference 4th Edition
>Just read the relevant W3 Specs and any good XSLT book.
Speaking of which, the 4th edition of my "XSLT 2.0 Programmer's Reference"
is now finally in my hands, so although it has been pre-announced several
times on this list, I thought I might say a few words about it.
In production terms, the publishers seem to have done an excellent job.
and XPath are now back in one book, and although this is now over 1300
pages, the paper quality and binding are much better than the 3rd edition,
and the book is no thicker or heavier than the 900-page XSLT volume of the
3rd edition. I know that many readers give the book heavy use and complain
about it falling apart; hopefully the hard cover format will make this
likely in future. The publishers have also fixed all the
problems in the previous edition: the diagrams are much improved, there is
vastly better index, and above all the alphabetically-organized chapters
have running page headers that tell you where you are in the chapter. It's
also easy to find the right chapter by virtue of printed marks on the page
The changes to the content are largely (a) to bring XSLT and XPath back
together into one volume, (b) to bring the content up-to-date with the
W3C specifications of January 2007, (c) miscellaneous updating of product
information, etc, and (d) correction of errors.
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