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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642159699
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642159695
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“As the title suggests, this book is about the semantic Web, the standards and technologies that allow computers to understand the meaning of information posted online. … this book covers numerous aspects of the semantic Web in significant detail … . primarily intended for software developers, researchers, and practicing professionals who want to gain expertise in the fundamentals quickly. It may also be useful for students taking courses on the semantic Web. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.” (M. B. DuBois, Choice, Vol. 48 (11), August, 2011)

“This book is a good starting point, especially since finding all of this information on the Web can be difficult. … for developers who are interested in establishing a toehold, this is a nice introduction that should serve for now.” (Jeffrey Putnam, ACM Computing Reviews, September, 2011)

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The Semantic Web represents a vision for how to make the huge amount of information on the Web automatically processable by machines on a large scale. For this purpose, a whole suite of standards, technologies and related tools have been specified and developed over the last couple of years, and they have now become the foundation for numerous new applications.

A Developer’s Guide to the Semantic Web helps the reader to learn the core standards, key components, and underlying concepts. It provides in-depth coverage of both the what-is and how-to aspects of the Semantic Web. From Yu’s presentation, the reader will obtain not only a solid understanding about the Semantic Web, but also learn how to combine all the pieces to build new applications on the Semantic Web.

Software developers in industry and students specializing in Web development or Semantic Web technologies will find in this book the most complete guide to this exciting field available today. Based on the step-by-step presentation of real-world projects, where the technologies and standards are applied, they will acquire the knowledge needed to design and implement state-of-the-art applications.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emre Sevinc on August 26, 2011
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This is a very solid introduction to the world of semantic web for developers who need a practical guide. Even if you did not encounter the concepts related to the semantic web, you will not have any trouble because the author gently introduces every concept and provides you with practical examples and justifications. After having read the first half of the book you'll have a very good grasp of RDF, RDFS, N3, OWL, SPARQL, FOAF, Linked Data and other underlying concepts and technologies. But the story does not end there, in the second part of the book you'll proceed to develop concrete Semantic Web applications using established semantic frameworks such as Jena. You will also have learned how to utilize the most important semantic linked data resources such as DBpedia. The author shows a lot of examples with accompanying source code and does not refrain from explaining the intricate parts of the code as well as pointing out potential improvements and pitfalls in real life scenarios.

I would be willing to give the book five stars if only a little more care were taken in its editing. I'd expect a better proofreading from Springer editors. And even though lots of references are provided within the text it would be good to have a references or bibliography section at the end of the book. I was also surprised because the author never mentioned AllegroGraph, an important player in the field of graph databases / RDF stores.

My conclusion is that if you are going to read only one book for semantic web then it should be this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harry on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is very well organized, in a logical manner, and covers well the area of Semantic Web Programming.

Liyang Yu does an excellent job of explaining the concepts in great detail. He assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader and explains everything in a very methodical manner, leaving no stone unturned. All the explanations are to-the-point and very complete.

Recommended as the best book I encountered in this area.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Anderson on November 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Semantic Web is a very complex topic with a lot of technologies involved. This book covers the topic very well and requires only some prior XML and Java knowledge to follow the examples. Otherwise all subjects are explained in a very professional and reader-friendly way. The thing that I don't like about the book is that it's packed full of grammatical and syntactical errors. OK, I understand that English is not the author's native language, but somebody whose is must have reviewed this book and corrected all the grammatical and other errors because sometimes it's annoying to discover 5 or six errors or more in a single page.

Other than that the book is great. I recommend it if you've never had any experience in the Semantic Web and you have to learn the subject quickly for an exam or something else.
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