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XML for Dummies, Third Edition
by Ed Tittel, Ed, et al. Tittel "Have you ever wanted a document format that you could use to exchange data across the Internet?..." (more)
SIPs: bean burrito recipe, recipe repository, refinancing system, your schema document, xlink namespace (more)
CAPs: Internet Explorer, Cascading Style Sheets, Stylesheet Language, Path Language, The Part of Tens (more)


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Book Description
XML lets developers capture, manipulate and exchange virtually any kind of document or data, without loss of integrity. Because XML lets you create common formats for sharing information between devices and platforms—such as mobile phones, Web browsers and company data stores—many experts have begun calling it the “lingua franca,” or universal language of the Digital Age. Developers, especially developers for the Web and intranets, can’t afford to be XML illiterate. But that powerful markup language has a lot of rules and can be a bit tricky to master. And that’s where this book comes in.

XML For Dummies offers you a fast, fun, and easy way to become XML literate. With a minimum of technobabble and tons of sample applications and case studies, the authors get you on track with XML and all its special features. You’ll:

  • Make the most of XML’s extensible characteristics
  • Combine XML and XHTML
  • Get the hang of DTDs, XML Schema, XLink, and XPath
  • Design XML applications to support graphics, complex linking, document navigation, multimedia, and more
  • Use XML with style sheets and XSL

From the abc’s of markup languages to XML Web services, XML For Dummies covers all the bases. Designed to give you the practical experience you need to put XML to work right away, it offer hands-on, step-by-step coverage of:

  • Planning and defining XML documents
  • Creating custom DTDs
  • Using XML schema
  • Using and delivering XML content
  • Linking languages, including the XML linking language, path language, and pointer language
  • Creating documents with authoring tools
  • Using XML parser engines and conversion tools
  • XML Web services

As an added bonus, XML For Dummies comes with a CD-ROM containing a goldmine of powerful XML development tools, including:

  • Example markup from the book
  • XML Spy, Epic Editor, and IBM XML Schema Quality Checker
  • AElfred, XML4J, Amaya and other freeware and open source products

With XML, the dream of total data connectivity and exchange is at last a reality. Don’t get left behind. Get XML For Dummies and join the XML revolution.

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  • Offering the most recent XML core and related specifications including XML 1.1 and Microsoft Office 2003, this book is an ideal introductory resource on the basics of XML, the flexible way to create common information formats and share both the format and the data
  • With more than 70 percent revised text, the new coverage includes how to use the XML features in Office 2003, a discussion of the many practical business applications for XML, and how to actually implement XML in a business setting
  • Takes into account that XML is not exclusively for Web designers any longer and targets newcomers to XML who need to learn how to solve business issues as well as those who need practical XML solutions
  • The companion Web site contains programming code, trial software packages, XML tools and parsers, and sample XSLT transforms
  • "--This text refers to the Digital edition.

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    Have you ever wanted a document format that you could use to exchange data across the Internet? Read the first page
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    bean burrito recipe, recipe repository, refinancing system, your schema document, xlink namespace, complex type definitions, custom datatypes, following markup, element content model, sequence compositor, simple type definition, recipes schema, datatype declarations, your markup, parameter entities, contain child elements, context node, schema you, colby cheese, parsed character data, warm beans, recipe computer, attribute declarations, element declarations, fragment identifiers
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    Internet Explorer, Cascading Style Sheets, Stylesheet Language, Path Language, The Part of Tens, Madeline Margaret Murphy-Morrison, Document That Does Something Great, Building Custom, Robin Cover, Pointer Language, Basics Down Pat, Document Object Model, Adding Character, Hungry Minds, Active Server Pages, World Wide Web Consortium, Adobe Acrobat, Begin Recipes, Netscape Navigator, Bill Jones, Ten Ultimate, Elliotte Rusty Harold, Matt Brown, James Clark, End of Recipes
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    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful:

    Nothing can be learned from this book, July 25, 2000
    Reviewer:Gadgester (New York) - See all my reviews
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    I'm usually not harsh about books, but this has got to be one of the worst computer books I've read. Admittedly XML is a complex topic to discuss, but another book "XML: A Primer" by St. Laurent does a much better job at showing the reader how XML works and is constructed. This book, in contrast, fails to show the poor reader what exactly XML is about -- and can do, and how one goes about developing actual XML applications. I mean, there are the code samples and explanations and everything, but after reading it I could not remember a single thing about XML. (I had to buy "XML: A Primer" to start all over again.) It's the rare kind of bad books that leave you unable to describe what you've just read.

    The book won't do as a primer, nor will it do as a reference. I suggest that you find a copy and read it first before deciding whether to buy it.

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

    You've got to start somewhere..., May 7, 2001
    Reviewer:A. Truong (Campbell, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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    When I forgot (momentary amnesia) some basic XML syntax that I couldn't quickly find an answer to on the web, I hauled out my XML for dummies book and sure enough, I found the explanation I was looking for, spelled out in painstaking, slow detail. I used this book for a few days to get up and running in XML, and it does a fairly decent job of explaining XML & DTD's in a very basic way.

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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

    May be useful as a reference, January 14, 2005
    Reviewer:Andrew Kernytsky (Philadelphia) - See all my reviews
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    This author seems to have a talent for taking a simple concept that could be explained in a few paragraphs and making an entire chapter out of it. At many points I felt like I was reading a bad term-paper hacked together at the last minute where the student just rambles on about lots of irrelevant factoids to fill up space.

    For example: there is a basic XML document giving the recipe for a bean burrito that is used throughout the book which the author seems to revel in re-printing at the beginning of almost EVERY chapter with comments like "You may be getting heart burn from seeing this recipe by now." It's funny when it's repeated the first few times but by chapter 15 (if you haven't pulled your hair out yet) you have memorized the burrito XML document anyway and are getting angry about all the trees that were killed to re-print it 20 times.

    Steer clear of this one, there are much better XML books out there.

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

    Excellent Intro to XML, November 11, 2003
    Reviewer:Wyatt Watkins (Henderson, NV United States) - See all my reviews
    This book makes for a very good intoduction to XML, it points out the basics, and thats all you really need to know, XML is very simple. Most the critics who gave this book low reviews, were looking for a book on XML web services, and such. Please do not expect to learn that from this book.

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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

    Buy the 3rd Edition!, September 12, 2003
    Reviewer:Lee (Canada) - See all my reviews
    Unfortunutely I purchased this book without scanning further for the other volumes of this book.

    Great book but too old as it includes no information about Schemas or Web Services. However, the same book title, but the 3rd Edition is worth buying.

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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

    Should be Called XML Jargon Instead, July 24, 2003
    Reviewer:Lisa Z. Morgan (Portsmouth, VA USA) - See all my reviews
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    The author may know his stuff. In fact, he may know it too well to teach it, as this book is full of terms and acronyms that are used within the text before being fully explained. You'll find yourself re-reading everything four times, trying to remember the difference between elements and entities, XSL and XML. Clearly the author loves the new technology and wants you to as well, but he doesn't explain it very well. Get XML Step By Step from MS Press if you want to actually learn this stuff.

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