Re: [xsl] Books on XSLT/XPATH

Subject: Re: [xsl] Books on XSLT/XPATH
From: Joern Nettingsmeier <nettings@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 00:08:13 +0100
M. David Peterson wrote:
On Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:54:29 -0700, Simon Shutter <simon@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

With XSLT2 recently becoming a final recommendation, will there be a spate
of new books or can I reliably purchase texts published in 2004/2005?

Good question. Here's my take: I use Dr. Kay's XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0 titles on a near daily basis, and while there are certainly differences in the spec of 2004/5 and today, generally speaking they're small, edge case changes, of which I can only assume the necessary erata will be available for @,descCd-view_errata.html before too much time passes.

That said, given that,

1) Dr. Kay is one of the most active (if not *the* most active contributor to this list), and in cases particular to his books as well as Saxon, the response time for support is near instant.
2) The activity on this list is *HIGH*. When problems are presented, solutions are near guarenteed to soon follow.

With all of the above in mind: Go buy both Dr. Kay's XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0 titles, and find comfort in knowing that on the rare occassion you find an error, the fix will arrive shortly after a post to this list.

seconded. i've got both xpath2 and xsl2, and they are great, with two minor gripes: they could easily be a little shorter without losing much of the depth (but then again, all explanations are foolproof), and wrox messed up the the page headers big time. they are totally useless, since you don't see at a glance which element or function is being discussed, which is a showstopper for a reference handbook. the books could also use alphabetic markers on the edge. the content is excellent, though.

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