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XSLT 1.0 Pocket Reference

Priscilla Walmsley was kind enough to point me to a post from Jim Garrison on comp.text.xml regarding XSLT 1.0 Pocket Reference, which I poured my heart and soul into last year. This was actually the first feedback I’ve gotten from anyone who has used the book. Needless to say, it made my day:

First, a big thank you to Evan Lenz for the O’Reilly XSLT 1.0 Pocket Reference. This is an amazing feat of distilling all you really need to know about XSL into 170 pocket-sized pages. What’s more amazing is that an experienced developer with little prior XML/XSL experience can actually learn enough from this little gem to write competent XSL.

A reference manual AND quality tutorial in 1/20th the space (and dead trees) of most tech books these days. I’ve recommended this to several of my colleagues who had to get up to speed on XSL for a new project, and the reaction from them is the same as mine…. This was EXACTLY what I needed.

So, Evan, when is the version for XSL 2.0 coming out?

As I already told Jim, such is not in the works right now, but if it were, I hope he wouldn’t hold me to keeping it within 170 pages again!

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