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The XML Handbook (3rd Edition) Paperback – November 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0130550682 ISBN-10: 013055068X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1034 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education; 3 edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013055068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130550682
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,556,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Learning the basics of the XML language is one thing; understanding how it really can be used in today's commercial applications is quite another. The third edition of The XML Handbook compiles the XML strategies of over two dozen companies, to provide a unique look at how XML is being used right now.

Coauthored by Charles F. Goldfarb, the author of SGML--the parent markup specification of XML--this book comprises two parts. In the first, the XML language is explained in the broader context of SGML, and markup in general. The real heart of the book, however, is in part two. This much larger section is a collection of topical expositions on XML that are sponsored by companies such as Sun, IBM, Adobe, and Microsoft--giving the reader a look at a broad spectrum of XML strategies and uses.

The introductory chapters are written superbly from the perspective of true XML experts who understand its full context. For example, the book describes MOM and POP--message-oriented-middleware and presentation-oriented-publishing--the two seemingly opposite extremes of application types that are served by XML.

In the remaining bulk of the text, readers are treated to industry briefings on real-world XML application designs, ranging from online auctions to EDI and from health care applications to content management. Each sponsored chapter captures the flavor of the company's viewpoint of XML, and is well documented with diagrams and code examples where appropriate. Collectively, they stand as an unprecedented snapshot of real-world XML expertise. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered:

  • Markup
  • Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
  • Schemas
  • Xpath
  • XSL
  • XSLT
  • XLink
  • XSDL
  • Multimedia publishing
  • E-business
  • Personalization
  • Online auctions
  • Information servers
  • Data exchange
  • Collaboration
  • Enterprise information portals (EIPs)
  • Document conversion
  • Vocabularies
  • Topic maps

From Library Journal

Goldfarb's book is broken down into five parts: an extensive 60-page introduction to XML, covering what it is and where it is going; examples of what you can do with XML, such as online auction, comparison shopping, and natural-language translation; case studies of commercial development with XML, including projects by Hitachi and the Washington Post; a discussion of specialized tools for working with XML; and, finally, a review of the technology of XMLAsyntax, document type definition, and advanced features. This is the most comprehensive book in the series.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

The at page 720 the book starts again.
Frank Dutton
The book gives a number of case-studies showing how XML was used to solve problems in various fields.
Jimmy Snyder
The book wanders all over the place - no details at all - or none of any consequence!
V. Chellappa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
One of the strangest books I have seen and a very disturbing trend. The authors sold corporate sponsorship of chapters and let each company write an chapter-length ad. Its bad enough to get ads at movie theaters and on rental videos, but in a technical book? It's one thing to have ads in things where the cost is largely underwritten by the ads (like magazines), but its quite another to find 25% of a full-priced book filled with ads. Buying this book will only help to standardize this practice. Send the publishing industry a message by refusing to buy this book.
As many other readers point out, this book is aimed at managers who could buy the products sold by the companies who bought chapter ads.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Scott Huddleston on February 22, 2000
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The reviewer who states that this book is offensive because it consists of almost 50 chapters of random advertisements, written by different "sponsors".... is absolutely right.
This book is offensive. But if you get past the first 50 chapters, and read the last 15 or so chapters, you might agree with me that they are well written. These chapters teach you the technical specifics of XML, DTD's, XSL, XPath, XPointer, XLink, and Schemas. A pretty fine introduction if you ask me. 5 stars for pages 720 thru 950. 0 stars for the rest of the book, and shame on the authors for subjecting their paying customers to such a glut of material.
I'm tempted to take a set of tree-trimmers and chop off the first 720 pages. It would be easier to carry around with me that way too.... Hmmm.....
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1999
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This book includes a lot of topics but mainly at the level of marketing documents, it may be good for some high-level managers but not very useful for developers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Yuan on January 23, 2000
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Sure, you won't learn how to code XML. What you will get are real-world solutions to real-world problems. If you're trying to make the case for XML in your organization, buy this book. Tutorial chapters give strong introduction to the tech specifics. The CD is packed with tools to start experimenting with. Recommended for project managers, information architects, and anyone in content management.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2000
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This XML book is heavy on bad jokes and light on examples in the early chapters. If you are looking for a solid introduction to XML please don't buy this book. Its like learning to ride a bike by building your own bike out of paper. The author enjoys including bad jokes and then making you read footnotes explaining the joke. The author also devotes many pages on the exact use of terms. Most of the time an explanation of terminology is useful, however the author convolutes each definition with his own jokes and exhaustive list of misuses that you are often more confused after reading the definition. Sometimes the author will say "This term should only be used to describe <a> and not <b,c,d> but we will still use it for <b,c,d> if the context fits. This is very confusing. Also, the author does not seem to think examples are important. The first 100 pages contain almost no examples. Often, XML concepts are illustrated with juveniles cartoon pictures and described with equally juvenile metaphors designed to be amusing instead of instructive. The author does not make it clear which concepts are essential and which elements are less important and throws them all together so you are forced to read 100 pages in order to glean 20 pages of useful material. If I was reading a book on how to ride a bike I would like to know where to put my feet and how to pedal. I don't care why the wheels shouldn't be called tires or who invented the first bicycle lock. In summary: This book has few examples in the early chapters. The content is mashed together. The content is confusing. It is filled with terrible jokes and annoying useless footnotes. This book is in DIRE need of an editor. The authors make a big deal of how they are experts in the field.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "dragon999" on November 23, 2000
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Although this book isn't very comprehensive in the turtorial part, it provides very solid foundations on the XML theories and practices. I've read other XML books and still bought this book. It seems to me that this book is more oriented to the management level, however, it's always good to "think" and "analyze" more and not just blindly code (or copy). To gain the expert's insight alone is worth the price. And the chapter on teaching how to read the XML specifications is really helpful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Frank Dutton on January 24, 2000
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The XML handbook starts out as an interesting and extremely well written book. It gives excellent background and presents the history and philosophy of XML in a fine and interesting manner - almost as good as a novel! Suddenly, it drops you and goes from page 110 - 720 describing products for you to buy that you have not even been presented a background for yet. The at page 720 the book starts again. This 990 page book ends up with 380 pages of book and 610 pages of commercials! This is preposterous! It's also a shame that what could and should have been a fine book sold itself cheaply - and expects the customer to pay the price. I'm sad for the authors.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on May 5, 2000
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This is not the book to learn XML from, but it is an excellent introduction to its uses. It's a good first volume for marketers, product managers and other IT professionals who want to understand how XML might impact their work. The sponsored chapters provide valuable case studies, and set XML in context within the computing landscape.
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