* Updated and better than ever, this more focused revision provides comprehensive coverage of XML to anyone with a basic understanding of HTML and Web servers * Featuring all-new examples, this book contains everything readers need to know to incorporate XML in their Web site plans, designs, and implementations * Continues expert Elliotte Rusty Harold's well-known track record for delivering the best XML guidance available * Includes coverage of the most recent XML 1.1 specification and the latest trends in XML Web publishing * Companion Web site includes additional examples and reference material found in previous editions that readers may find useful
The best XML book I've seen so far.
By A Customer - February 1, 2000
This book is terrific, and if you want to learn about using XML in web sites I recommend that you buy it.XML books are, on the whole, pretty lousy. Everyone keeps talking about how XML will transform the web, but most books are thin on specifics -- exactly how XML will be used, and exactly how to make things happen. I've seen other reviews here from people who feel that this book doesn't do a good enough job of explaining those things. But I think that compared to its competition, it does an excellent job.XML is new, and it's not in widespread use. As I write this, the only popular browser with solid XML support is IE5, and I guess that most people don't want to write sites that only work with one browser. But if you go to the XML site at msdn.microsoft.com and look at the table of contents, you'll get an idea of what XML can do, and why you'll want to learn it.The book is well written and its a pleasure to spend time with it. The author knows as much about... read more
Excellent, Functional Introduction to XML
By A Customer - November 8, 1999
This book gives one of the better introductions to XML I've seen. Rather than limiting the scope to a simple overview of the concepts, Elliote Rusty Harold incorporates useful examples that allow the reader to begin experimenting with XML right away. The book is not going to get a beginner coding e-commerce solutions using XML. For that kind of work further reading is definately required. But this book does cover all the neccessary concepts to get started and does a better job than most explaining XSL - the key to actually using your XML documents. I'd highly reccommend this title as a starter to anyone's XML collection.
Not so much a Bible as a Book of Genesis
By Terence P Hutt - August 15, 2000
I'm going to start out by saying I'm glad I bought this book. It's a good introduction to XML. The early chapters on XML and DTDs are very good. They got me up to speed quickly so I could explain to my managers why our company should pursue XML and what the benefits will be.The chapters on CSS-1 and CSS-2 were excellent and very useful even for writing regular HTML. Overall, the first 13 chapters were just what I needed.Coverage of XSL was weaker and, in many respects, inadequate. The book never really discusses XPaths in enough detail. I thought the chapter on namespaces was too late in the book. The book is fleshed out with exceptionally long examples that added little value past the first few lines.The chapter on reading a DTD (chapter 20) was a good idea, poorly executed. The complexity of the DTD selected by the author was totally inappropriate for the level of this book, even if the DTD was extremely well written.The author never covers schema... read more
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