What's the best way to learn XSLT?

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What's the best way to learn XSLT?

Post by aksargige4 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:10 pm

XSLT newbie here,

I understand XML and I'm currently reading "Beginning XSLT 2.0" by Jeni Tennison; does anyone know of any helpful tutorials that I could use alongside this? I've successfully linked an XSLT stylesheet to an XML document; the main thing that I want to understand now is what each part of the stylesheet means and how I can understand and learn the syntax that's used to change the appearance of the XML document.
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Re: What's the best way to learn XSLT?

Post by Radu » Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:26 am

Hi,

One way to understand how a stylesheet is applied is to use Oxygen's XSLT debugger and step through the code. Most stylesheets have an xsl:template which matches / (meaning the entire XML document) and this template is called first, then it depends on what this template does, if it explicitly calls other XSLT templates or does an apply-template with a certain matched element.

Recently an xmlcom.slack.com Slack channel was created for XML users, lots of XML experts are registered on it, so this channel might also be a good place were to ask XSLT related questions. I just asked a question there about XSLT tutorials and if I get any answer I will update this forum thread.

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Re: What's the best way to learn XSLT?

Post by Radu » Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:46 pm

Pasting here some suggestions I got from the XSLT experts on the XML Slack channel:
I would recommend Michael's "XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0", especially Part I: Foundations. I found it an invaluable source.
A brilliant source for learning XSLT used to be the XSL FAQ, compiled by @Dave Pawson. I believe @Liam Quin is making it available again.

Yes, Liam has put it up at https://www.delightfulcomputing.com/xslfaq/xsl/ but I'm not sure what state of work-in-progress is at that URI
For your amusement, https://xslt.xmlexplorer.com/
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Re: What's the best way to learn XSLT?

Post by Radu » Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:32 am

There is also an Udemy course by Ken Holman containing also some free lectures:

https://www.udemy.com/course/practical- ... -and-xpath

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