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XML In Record Time
by Natanya Pitts, Natanya Pitts, Sybex Incorporated Staff (Editor)

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XML in Record Time offers a comprehensive look at the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and provides rather lengthy coverage of HTML as well. Author Natanya Pitts uses several chapters of this book to lay a foundation of HTML knowledge and then builds upon it with the ins and outs of XML.

After covering the basics of markup languages, Pitts presents XML document-type definitions (DTDs) and XML documents in the broad context of hypertext documents. The book then moves into the more detailed aspects of XML with in-depth discussion of DTDs and content models. The author describes the various entities and introduces you to XLink and XPointer--specifications governing XML links.

Next the author presents XML processors, cascading style sheets (CSS), conversions from HTML to XML, and a look at the present landscape of XML tools and client support. Then it's on to the topic of building XML applications and working with XML vocabularies such as Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL), Channel Definition Format (CDF), Open Software Description Format (OSD), Open Financial Exchange (OFX), and Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL). The title finishes with practical discussions of the implementation challenges of XML, the tools to choose, and Web sites to watch for updated information. If you want to learn about where the Web is headed and stay on the bleeding edge, this guide is for you. --Stephen W. Plain

Product Details
  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex Inc (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0782123406
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds. (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: based on 10 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: #758,814 in Books
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This book will make you cry tears of pure boredom, May 4, 2004
Reviewer:AJ (Canada) - See all my reviews
A horrible book. Possibly the worst ever written. If you want to learn XML, please go somewhere else, or at least read through some of this book before buying. It's mostly just a HTML textbook, and the author has no idea what they're talking about. If it were possible to give negative stars, BELIEVE ME!!!! I WOULD!!!

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Oh Boy! It finished teaching HTML...., July 26, 2001
Reviewer:"aconcernedreader" (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
I thought this book was supposed to be teaching us XML but it goes on about HTML and how it is the distant cousin of XML and how XML is soon going to be the parent of HTML. The author hasn't even tried to get in-depth of the whole XML concept it seems as though the author just wanted to get a book out and here was a great opportunity for her. The author gets into a subject and does not explain it there and then instead you are referred to another "Skill" in the book. That becomes frustrating. If you really want to learn XML better get another book, you will be wasting your time, money and mind on this book.

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OK... nothing great!, October 9, 2000
Reviewer:A reader from Schaumburg (Normal, IL USA) - See all my reviews
The book is intended for beginners with little or no knowledge of HTML / XML. The book is long and it takes a while before you get to introduce the XML code.

After that, the book just offers a lengthy explanation for every sample bit of code. The book does not give any hands-on practice. The author keeps mentioning that "it's time to get your hands dirty" with some XML code, but never tells you to write a sample code.

The book is ok, but you would need another book to give you some hands-on experience.

Overall, the book is nothing to rave about!

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One of the worst book, August 31, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
From the beginning of the book, the author stated that the buyer of the book will eventually "get their hands dirty" in later chapter. That's what I have been hoping for. After I have finished almost three quarter of the book, I still have not seen any hand-ons tutorial that I could do. All I got from the book was long-winded explaination.

My advise is, find another book if you really want to learn XML.

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XML in "what..." time?, May 22, 2000
Reviewer:Calvin Shiu (Sunnyvale, US) - See all my reviews
Warning: Do not buy this book! This was one of the worse technical books ever printed. If you are a serious programmer (which you should be if you are learning XML) you will be wasting your money if you purchase this book. For the first 150 or so pages, it is about HTML and it's basics. It attempted to explain about XML and DTD like other XML books but it seemed like the author lack the knowledge of XML. For every 10 lines of sample XML codes, there are 30 pages explaining each code and syntax. Examples are useless; they have no real world functions besides for displaying on a web browser. If you are looking to learn XML for integration and real world applications, DON'T WASTE MONEY BUYING THIS BOOK.

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In Record Time? Maybe. - In Depth? No Way., April 16, 2000
Reviewer:Jan Van Bulck (Brussels) - See all my reviews
Indeed, it explains XML and DTD's pretty well. But probably, you're looking for more. Especially when the back-cover mentions "Coverage includes 'XSL', 'Converting HTML to XML', 'WIDL',..." The book merely 'touches' these topics. For real implementation instructions, it redirects you to the Internet. Other books offer you the same thing AND much more (eg. the 'XML Bible' for great XSL-coverage and 'XML by Example' for a Java-point-of-view).

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