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A Developer’s Guide to the Semantic Web Hardcover – January 6, 2011
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From the reviews:
“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)
From the Back Cover
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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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.
So far I have only read the author’s explanation of the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Resource Development Framework Schema (RDFS). But it must be said: He does an outstanding job in clearly, thoroughly, and meticulously explaining each element of each language. He carefully defines each term before he uses it. He has extremely clear examples of each concept being presented.
(Actually, that’s not quite true. Unfortunately, while he briefly describes Turtle and other ways of presenting RDF, he uses XML for all of his examples. This makes it a little tougher than it needs to be. Still, he is thorough enough to make even them understandable.)
By way of background, I have been studying and trying to make use of the Semantic Web for some years now. In fact, most of the things he is presenting I (sort of) already know. But I had to pick it all up from the original W3C specifications, and while some books were interesting, none of them were as thorough and meticulous in their presentations as this one. It speaks to his clarity of presentation that, when he’s presenting something I already know, it is a pleasure to read, not annoying because he is misrepresenting something.
This is the first chance I’ve had to acquire this body of knowledge in a systematic way.
I am looking forward to getting into OWL.
Note that the second half of the book is about Applying the Semantic Web. There it will be not as familiar territory for me. I do hope it’s as clear as the first half. Stay tuned…
What I cannot stand however is the editing. Other reviewers warned of the poor editing, but did not do justice to exactly how bad it is. I hope I don't sound too much like a troll here, but come on! For a $63, hardback book, I expect somebody to review and correct the grammar before it goes to press. I understand that English is a second language for the author, but it appears to be for the editor as well. The sheer number of errors in the first chapter alone is astounding. I know I am a poor writer, that's why I'm an engineer!, but I have people who review my formal writings before submission. I expect the same in my purchased books. While I am looking forward to learning more about the semantic web, I find myself dreading reading a technical book that detracts from the learning experience because I'm busy trying to discern between what the author intended to say, vs. what was said, and what I was supposed to learn. If not for the excellent content, I'd put this on the shelf and forget about it. However, I will slog through the book as it appears to contain the information I want, I've just got to work harder to get it. Details to follow as I read more...
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.