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Cocoon: Building XML Applications
Cocoon: Building XML Applications (Paperback)
by Carsten Ziegeler (Author), Matthew Langham (Author)
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Cocoon: Building XML Applications is the guide to the Apache Cocoon project. The book contains the much needed documentation on the Cocoon project, but it does not limit itself to just being a developer's handbook. The book motivates the use of XML and XML software (in particular open source software). It contains everything a beginner needs to get going with Cocoon as well as the detailed information a developer needs to develop new and exciting components to extend the XML publishing framework. Although each chapter builds upon the previous ones, the book is designed so that the chapters can also be read as individual guides to the topics they discuss. Varied "hands-on" examples are used to make the underlying concepts and technologies absolutely clear to anyone starting out with Cocoon. Chapters that detail the author's experience in building Internet applications are used to embed Cocoon into the "real world" and complete the picture. [md]Matthew Langham and Carsten Ziegeler

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Cocoon: Building XML Applications provides a comprehensive guide to the Apache open source project Cocoon. According to the official Cocoon web site, "Apache Cocoon is an XML publishing framework that raises the usage of XML and XSLT technologies for server applications to a new level. Cocoon allows you to define XML documents and transformations to be applied on it, to eventually generate a presentation format of your choice (HTML, PDF, SVG, etc.). Cocoon also gives you the possibility to apply logic to your XML files (so that the XML pipeline can be dynamic)."

In the book, managers will find detailed information on XML and be motivated to employ open source XML software to build modern application architectures. Site administrators will find everything they need to get up and running with Cocoon. In addition, detailed examples will provide the "hands-on" experience of building applications with Cocoon. For those developers interested in extending Cocoon with additional Java components, the book contains detailed information and shows how to develop and deploy Cocoon components. The book is co-authored by a member of the Cocoon development team and covers the recently released version 2.0.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent book on web publishing via Cocoon, August 10, 2004
By I. Christou "itc169" (Athens Greece) - See all my reviews
Excellent book!. Introduces Cocoon as a web publishing (and integration) framework that it is. Shows nicely how to use xml-based technology to create web-sites like portals that integrate external and internal data sources without writing any java code. But the book also explains the internals of Cocoon for java developers so that those who want to extend its functionality can do so (by writing appropriate java modules). Overall it made me understand the -significant- powers of the cocoon project and its overall scope too. So, to recap, the book is very easy to read if you have basic knowledge of xml and java, and it explains what you can and cannot do with cocoon: a framework for building web-sites that mostly deal with publishing documents. In that sense, cocoon can be used to create robust portals or document management systems or even more general content management systems (Lenya).

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
CForm Rules, July 7, 2004
By Steve Torrefranca (Philippines) - See all my reviews
Please please please... if any author wants to write another cocoon book make it as updated as you can. I got two cocoon books (I guess everyone knows what they are since there aint a lot of them around!). In a weeks time I was up and running. But then it was announced XMLForm and JXForms have been removed from the 2.1.x distribution flushing all efforts down the drain. Dont get me wrong. Good books... Only outdated.

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Not the best book on Cocoon., February 14, 2003
By Shane McEneaney (Dublin 7, Leinster Ireland) - See all my reviews
I was happy with this book after reading the first few chapters however after I got stuck into Cocoon I discovered that it was not suitable as a reference. I couldn't find information on XML fragments or i18n. The index isn't good at all. The information may be in there but you will have to read the book from cover to cover to get value from it. I would recommend going for the Cocoon Developers Handbook.

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
I will feel better if it cuts to half pages, January 30, 2003
By Jirong Hu (Toronto, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
The first 48 pages is an introduction to internet and xml. Will this level of introduction helpful anyway to people without knowledge of internet or xml? Or who needs that level of introduction if he knows internet and xml?

From page 343 onwards is appendix and index. 480-343=137. So totally 48+137=185 pages out of 480 are basicly nothing. You got 300 pages left which could be helpful.

A good developer does not necessary be a good author.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
I will feel better if it cuts to half pages, January 29, 2003
By Jirong Hu (Toronto, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
~There is introduction on Internet and XML up to page 48. Who needs an introduction of Internet and XML if he is trying to work on Cocoon? Does that introduction helpful if one has no knowledge of Internet or XML anyway?

There are appendix from page 343 to the end, page 480, that's 137 pages, plus 48 pages, totally 185 pages is basicly nothing. So you got less than 300 pages left maybe useful.

I buy this book since there are only 3 books about Cocoon in the market. Now I am a bit regret.A~~ good developer does not mean a good author.~

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Broad coverage; easy to read, November 20, 2002
By S. G. Chance "sgchance" (Baltimore, MD USA) - See all my reviews
This was my first Cocoon book. I consider myself a relative newcomer to the Java and XML world, and I found this book easy to read and informative over a range of topics relating to Cocoon 2.

The book provides samples and three chapters are devoted to building an application using the concepts presented in the text.

If you are new, I think 75% of this book will be readily understandable. The rest can be skimmed and read later after you've gained a more thorough knowledge of software development in general. That said, a quick introduction to XML is provided.

I gave the book four stars because I thought they could have been more explicit and extensive in their examples.

If you are new, you'll be okay. If you are a seasoned programmer wanting to learn Cocoon 2, you will not be disappointed.

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