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It Might Be Useful Someday...
on July 28, 2014
…but today is not that day.
Most of my higher end software dated back to about 2003 until a few months ago when I systematically started upgrading everything. As I was learning the new ways of doing things, I repeatedly saw references to “XML” and wanted to learn more. Thus the title of this book seemed the perfect solution. It was not.
I have completed the book from cover to cover and am almost as clueless now as when I began. I know a bit more about XML and a small bit of that knowledge comes from the book but most comes from picking it up through context in other places. That is a shame since this seems like a good book. It is just mis-titled.
The author is thorough and clear in his presentation. The text is large and easy to read. The book is generously provided with illustrations. The problem is that it assumes you are already familiar with the uses of XML. I am not.
I plan on holding on to this book because I feel it may come in handy someday when I do learn something about XML. The explanations for the “grammar and syntax” are excellent and form the basis for most of the book. Before that will come in handy, though, it would be nice to learn what exactly all those other applications of mine are doing with XML so I can see if it will even be useful.