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Essential XML for Web Professionals
by Dan Livingston


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Edition: Paperback


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XML skills needed for building dynamic, portable, and scalable applications are explained in this book for Web developers, Web page authors, and software developers whose applications run over the Web. Hands-on projects demonstrate tasks related to key XML technologies including schemas, namespaces, XSLT, XLink, and XHTML. Knowledge of HTML is useful but not necessary. Livingston is a Web designer. He has authored several books for Web professionals.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The fastest way for busy professionals to master the XML skills needed for building dynamic, portable, and scalable applications. By completing hands-on projects covering a wide range of development tasks, you'll master key XML technologies. Softcover.

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 1st edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0130662542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 8 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #524,353 in Books
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Try something else, this dog won't hunt., October 9, 2003
Reviewer:Ntsika Msimang "sakkies" (Johnson City, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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The book starts out nicely explaining everything and it gets you motivated. From chapter 3 onwards, 19 pages later, its all guess work. He gives pieces of information with no coherent example that shows how all these pieces fit together. Its left up to your imagination to guess how it all comes together. Once more, I had to go back to internet tutorials (which I have found to be way better than a lot of computer programming books). XML is not rocket science. If you can't write a descent book about it, you ought to think about quiting the writing profession (stick to writing code). This was a waste of my time and money; needless to say a waste of paper and ink too.

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Starts strong, then fades into incomprehension, June 18, 2003
Reviewer:John Minne (Austin, TX United States) - See all my reviews
Could have been good or even great. It starts clear, correct, and well-structured. Then about a third of the way through the book (which is really half the content because the last third is an absolete printing of the XML spec) the writing gets lazy. Comprehending the material becomes an absolute chore as all structure is lost.

The first part is the best intro to XML that I've read, but it's just an intro.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Very good book, May 1, 2002
Reviewer:"derans" (Natchitoches, LA USA) - See all my reviews
This book is a really good basic book to get started. I've enjoyed it.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Not a tutorial, but a great reference., March 29, 2002
Reviewer:Antonio MacCabe (Kingston, WA USA) - See all my reviews
I'm an ASP developer with just over a year's experience. This is the first book I've read on XML, and if I have a question, it will be the first place I look.

This book has it all, except solid examples that tie it all together. I now understand how vast and capable XML is, but I haven't gained an ability to put it to any real practical use.

Items I don't agree with:
1. The book is not 500 pages ...Page 223 marks the start of Appendix A, the XML 1.0 specification. The index ends on page 345. 122 pages of reference (over 33%).
2. The book's cover states I will learn to build web applications fast. Huh? There are no sample applications, only examples of how to use the syntax being discussed.
3. The cover states that I will learn by doing, as I work on a fictional e-commerce site. Huh? There are no exercises, and there is no e-commerce site being built.
4. The cover refers to real-scenarios. Again, where are they?
5. A chapter titled, "Common Examples of XML", was really an introduction to SMIL, SVG, and WDDX. Good stuff, but not what I was expecting.

This book needs a companion to deliver all that's been promised. I still don't have a clear picture of the XML DOM, the difference between a node and an element, nor do I have an idea of where I should be using XML (instead of (or with) the technologies I'm already familiar with (i.e. ASP, ADO, and JavaScript)).

Considering how the other reviews have labeled this book #1, is there any hope? Can anyone recommend a book that's better at painting the big picture?

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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Best I have read so far..., February 7, 2002
Reviewer:"vampiretap" (Madison, WI USA) - See all my reviews
Just skip all the others and buy this one. Really.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Most useful XML reference/tutorial I've seen, October 31, 2001
Reviewer:Reggie R (NYC, NY USA) - See all my reviews
There are certainly heavier XML books out there, but this one has dropped a lot useless filler than many of those books. I only work with XML once in a while, so I really don't need to remember exactly how, say, XPath works very often. This book contains many get-up-to-speed-quickly chapters that focus on teaching the most useful and most often used aspects of XML, as well as what clients seem to expect me to know about. For example, I was recently quizzed about SMIL and SVG by a client who I'm sure knew nothing about them, but since I had just finished this book, I was able to answer intelligently, and I believe it was a factor in my getting the job.

This book covers basic XML, XHTML, XSLT, XML Schema, DTDs, XPath, XLink, XPointer, SMIL, SVG and WDDX. It's wonderfully written and very useful. Two thumbs up!

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