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ISBN-13: 978-1118162132 ISBN-10: 1118162137 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 5 edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118162137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118162132
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Dive into the key aspects of XML to deliver data on the web

From simple data transfers to providing multi-channeled content, there's so much you can do with XML and this guide will get you started. It walks you through everything you need to know about this powerful language, including what it is, how it works, what technologies accompany it, and how you can apply it. You'll quickly discover how to manipulate XML documents, store XML in databases, extract data, utilize web services, and even use it for web page and image display. With the help of a case study, you'll even learn how to apply this information to give your programming a boost.

Beginning XML, 5th Edition

  • Covers the goals of XML and the rules for constructing it
  • Explores different techniques that help you verify that the XML is in the correct format
  • Shows how to work with XQuery to create new XML documents and query existing data
  • Explains how to retrieve data using DOM, XPath, and LINQ to XML
  • Examines programming techniques specifically designed to cope with large documents
  • Details how to present data for use by different systems
  • Demonstrates a realistic XML pipeline used in a publishing business

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About the Author

Joe Fawcett is the head of software at Kaplan Financial and was one of the first Microsoft MVPs for XML.
Liam R. E. Quin is the W3C XML Activity Lead and is also active in XQuery, XSLT, XML, CSS, and other W3C projects.
Danny Ayers works for Talis on applications for their hosted semantic web platform.

Customer Reviews

I really wish I could have my time and money back.
Internet-Multimedia SARL
The book and the try-it-out examples are fraught with errors, poor grammar, and missing files.
C. Wilson
While I was waiting for my copy to arrive, I read a couple of other XML books too.
vishal kulshrestha

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Internet-Multimedia SARL on April 20, 2013
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People who rate the book 5 stars clearly didn't try to understand what they were learning. Had they tried, they wouldn't have been able to understand for the simple reason that this book is full of errors and typos.

I confirm the review by C. Wilson : the book is full of errors and typos. I've wasted quite a few hours. I've decided to give up trying to learn from this book since I can't trust the content anymore.

I've been an Amazon customer since 1999 and I've never felt the need to write a review. But this 4.5 stars out of 5 stars, as of April 20th 2013, clearly upsets me because it's totally unfair to give such a high rating to a book with so many mistakes. And it's a 5th edition on top of that! Unbelievable!

That's why it's my first review on Amazon after 14 years as a loyal customer.

I wrote to the author, Joe Fawcett, on March 19th 2013 and here was his answer :

First email :
"Thanks for reading the book. I will try to answer your two queries but won't be able to do so until I am home tomorrow.
In future I suggest you submit them to the official forum at [...]
The main reason for this is to get the correct person responding, for instance I don't think I wrote the chapter referred to in your second email."

Second email :
"I have checked and indeed I didn't write this chapter. If you post your questions to the forum I mentioned earlier I will make sure the relevant author tries to help.

I've spent some time to write to him and it should be up to me to spend even more time to create an account and post on a forum? I mean it's his book. He is the author or at least one of them.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 5, 2013
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I know many people may be forced to use this book for a college XML course, if so I do feel bad for you. The book and the try-it-out examples are fraught with errors, poor grammar, and missing files. In my class, we have found over two dozen errors in the text and we are only through chapter 6. I feel like I spend more time trying to figure out what the book is trying to say than I do with actually learning XML. I think with a lot of proof reading and testing, this book could truly be an excellent BEGINNING Xml book but in its current state, it is very hard for a beginner like myself to sort through the mess.

I would steer clear of this book if you can and hopefully the authors will come out with a sixth edition sooner rather than later with corrected material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2014
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This book is for my course in XML, which requires only basic (pseudocode) experience. Yet, as noted, it is full of typos. For example, regarding character references:

"They begin with &# and end with a semicolon, but instead of an abbreviation as the middle part they have a number representing the character's Unicode code point. The number can be in hexadecimal or decimal. For example, if you wanted to represent the Greek letter omega (Ω) as a reference it would be Ω in hexadecimal or &937#; in decimal."

One starts with "&#" and ends with ";" while the second example starts with "&" and ends with "#;".

The book also provides examples of XML with things like DOCTYPE and ENTITY without explaining what they are, yet mentioning these coding functions as options for the example. It also says things like "and then you do it just like if you were working with HTML". I'm not learning HTML, I'm learning XML. Its like teaching someone how to drive a manual transmission by saying "and then, just like riding a motorcycle, you feather the clutch and gas, only with your feet instead of your hands." It also mentions how XML could have been designed a different way, which would allow you to do "this", but it isn't so you have to do it a different way. That will be covered three chapters from now.

So, if you already know how to code (especially HTML, apparently) this book is probably a good way to learn the syntax of XML. But, without a background or experience in coding its confusing. I wouldn't recommend this for learning XML, although it may work as a reference for experienced programmers just looking for basic XML concepts. But then you could just go to the W3 website.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Let's Compare Options Preptorial TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 20, 2012
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Nearly 900 pages for $23 bucks? These folks live in the real world of budgets! The promo material on this text says that XML is for "document handling." Well, that's correct in some senses, but XML is far more important than that-- it's a little more than a Xerox machine with a network chip. It actually is about information management and standards. If you're an educator, you've likely run into Bill Clinton's (infamous?) SCORM standards, which in a nutshell, tell e-learning folks about the XML files they need to generate to follow certain rules. If you get into it deeply, you'll see the rules are about assuming folks are dishonest, and making sure it's Jimmy taking that online exam, not Joanie.

If you know a little HTML, that's all you really need to get started here. The authors step us through with a very nice pace, building on each section without assuming we're already HTML or CSS experts. Remember, XML is a document storage, transmission and management STANDARD, NOT a "display" language where you can add some tags and "go bold." In fact, XML has to depend on other languages to do everything else around it's standard-- and doesn't even have "native" tags. If you're turning your website into a database or search driven document behemoth, you'll likely be investing in LINQ, SQL and PDF conversions from and to XML to make your system work.

There are a couple other books out there on XML, but they are outdated. This 5th Edition has ALL the latest "plug ins" surrounding XML, and without them you'd really be out of date! SEO folks will love this, because it takes the usual "Google secret Numerical Analysis" formulas and raises them a step up to sleek compliance details that will optimize how the spiders see your pages.
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