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About the Author

Simon St. Laurent is a web developer, network administrator, computer book author, and XML troublemaker living in Ithaca, NY. His books include Programming Web Services with XML-RPC and Office 2003 XML (O'Reilly), XML: A Primer and Sharing Bandwidth (Hungry Minds), and XML Elements of Style and Building XML Applications (McGraw-Hill). Simon is a contributing editor to XMLhack.com and an occasional contributor to XML.com (O'Reilly Network).

Michael Fitzgerald is a freelance writer and trainer specializing in XML and related technologies. He is the author of Building B2B Applications with XML and XSL Essentials, both published by John Wiley & Sons, and has published several articles for XML.com on the O'Reilly Network.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100506
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Davies VINE VOICE on October 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this guide because I needed a quick lookup for XML schema elements (something you'd think would be readily available online, but isn't - at least not in a usable form). The bulk of the book (70 of its 162 pages - about half) is dedicated to XSD, so I was very happy with what I got. The first 30 pages cover XML itself (all the nitpicking details like predefined entities, what characters are allowed in attribute names, etc). The next 17 pages cover DTD (which you may occasionally still need to know, even these days). The next 70 cover XML Schema, and the book finishes up with an additional 43 pages on Relax-NG and Schematron (two competing, and not very common, schema definition formats).

I agree with other reviewers that the book would have been complete without the Relax-NG and Schematron coverage, but it would have just been 43 pages shorter if that was the case - there's really not much else they could have said about XML, DTD and XSD and still have been a concise "pocket reference". This book is actually pretty thick for an O'Reilly pocket reference - I have four other pocket guides on my bookshelf right now, and the other three have 120, 124 and 66 pages each. By that standard, I figure the coverage of Relax-NG and Schematron were just a "buy one get one free" type of add-on, especially since this book costs the same as all the other pocket reference books.

This book is a perfect reference for somebody who needs a quick, handy reference to XML schema and the occasional XML rule.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
The majority of the new material in this book is on different schema specifications. Schema, Relax NG and Schematron are covered. A handy book to have around when you are hacking XML. The online free documentation is not as handy as the content as it's organized in this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
The other review book I received yesterday was XML Pocket Reference (3rd Edition) by Simon St. Laurent and Michael Fitzgerald. Depending on what you're looking for, this may or may not the book for you...

Contents: Introduction; XML Structures; Document Type Definitions; W3C XML Schema; RELAX NG; Schematron; XML Specifications; Index

Admittedly, trying to cover "XML" in a single book is a daunting task. XML is made up of so many standards and technologies (XPath, XForms, XML Schema, etc.) that you either have to specialize your coverage area or be ready to publish a *really* heavy book. To their credit, the authors stripped out XSLT into it's own pocket guide. That act keeps this particular book small enough to fit in your pocket and that's good. But if you're wanting information on XSLT and think this might be your book, forget it.

Next, the XML Structures and Document Type Definition chapters seemed to be a little confusing. There was something introduced that I had never heard of before... something called "Productions" followed by syntax that looked like regular expression language. Never having seen that term before in my XML reading, I went back to the introduction to see what the authors wanted to convey there. The only explanation was "As each structure is discussed, applicable productions from the XML 1.0 and 1.1 specs will be listed in the order in which they appear in the specs." So, I still really don't know what productions are, and I probably have to go to the specs to find that out. The description of each section in an XML document, like CDATA or declarations, was nice though.

The book starts to become really useful when you get into the XML Schema section.
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By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2013
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As is usual for this series, its a very good reference book, and also quite readable. I keep it with me when I'm traveling and working on XML related things, the size being a good tradeoff.
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