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Inside XML Paperback – November 14, 2000
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Inside XML is an intelligent and easy-to-follow guide to today's proliferating XML standards. Aside from being a road map to the latest and greatest in what's on the horizon with XML, this book gives you what you need to know to be productive with existing XML tools right now.
The tour begins with an introduction to the XML used in real-world applications (like the Chemical Markup Language, CML, and the Vector Markup Language, VML [for graphics]). While many books give you the basics, this one excels at explaining the conventions of designing robust XML document types in detail. With dozens of short examples, you'll learn XML conventions thoroughly, including some of the best practices for creating readable, maintainable content. The author highlights certain lines of XML code, so it's easier to see what's important.
After 200 pages of in-depth material on how to design XML documents, the book turns to using XML in actual browsers (both in Netscape and Internet Explorer). This practical focus means that you get to explore available Microsoft tools and how they sometimes differ from official W3C standards.
Subsequent sections turn to related XML standards, like XLinks and XPointers. Each section lists Web links to the latest online documents, but the emphasis isn't on theory so much as on what you can do right now. You'll learn how to use Java with XML, including navigating the XML Document Object Model (DOM) using IBM's XML for Java (XML4J) package. The tutorial explaining the Simple API for XML (SAX) does a great job of explaining the advantages of this popular tool.
Final chapters delve into displaying XML with several existing standards, including XHTML (for Web browser content), VML (for drawing shapes), and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) for allowing XML-based content searching. Final sections look at combining XML with Perl and Java (through servlets and JSPs) and give a glimpse at wireless content created with the Wireless Markup Language (WML).
Suitable for any developer or IT manager who needs to understand and use XML, Inside XML provides an authoritative yet approachable source of information on a fast-changing set of standards that are almost sure to revolutionize computing over the next few years. --Richard Dragan
- Comprehensive introduction to XML basics and tools
- Designing XML documents (including "well-formed" XML, tags and elements, and attributes and namespaces)
- Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
- Entities and attributes (including design documents)
- XML Schemas (using Internet Explorer)
- Cascading style sheets (CSS)
- Overview of basic Java programming
- Parsing XML with IBM's XML for Java (XML4J)
- Java and the Simple API for XML (SAX)
- XSL transformations (XSL style sheets and XSL formatting objects)
- XLinks and XPointers
- Introduction to XHTML
- The Resource Description Framework (RDF)
- The Microsoft Channel Definition Format (CDF)
- The Vector Markup Language (VML)
- Using XML with Java
- Perl and ASP on the server
- Quick introduciton to the Wireless Markup Language (WML)
- Reference to the XML 1.0 Specification
From the Publisher
It was our goal in publishing this book to provide a book that is both comprehensive and accessible - as possible for a single book on XML can be. You shouldn't need any other book at this scope and level because this book brings you the most popular and important implementations out there today. Full of hands-on practical solutions, this book is full of examples and tested code ready to be used.
XML is an exciting technology and the author has worked hard to capture in this book the passion and artistry found with XML. We are committed to this book and will continue to work hard in making it the best resource available to you. Please help us in our goal and let us know what you think by emailing us at email@example.com
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this book is INDUSTRIAL STRENGHT CODING TECHNIQUES if thats not what your looking for dont buy it!!!!
I also like that it mentions and points out those little differences between the Microsoft end of the world, and the rest of the world.
This is the third book on XML I have brought recently, and by far the best. Would recommend highly to anyone starting out with XML or an experienced XML user.
Excellent sections covering XML standards, like XLinks and Xpointers. You'll learn how to use Java with XML, including navigating the XML Document Object Model using IBM's XML for Java. The book also covers displaying XML with several existing standards, including XHTML, VML and the Resource Description Framework for allowing XML-based content searching. Final sections look at combining XML with Perl and Java and give a glimpse at wireless content created with the Wireless Markup Language. The book is a excellent intro for any developer or IT manager who needs to understand and use XML and what its related technologies can do.
Edition: 1st edition?
Author: Dr. Steven Holzner
City: Indianapolis, IN
Publisher: Peachpit press
Published Date: 2003
Reviewer Name: Ravi Mahalingam
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Review Date: 25 July 2004.
Overall value of the book:
4=Very useful and well written. I will refer to this book again.
Instructional value of the book:
5=Excellent! An essential book on this topic.
Please rate the reference value of this book from 1-5 where
4=This book has earned a valued place on my reference shelf.
The author is an exponent in this field and has written a number of articles adn XML. Due to the mastery over XML, the author has taken the time to explain all the concepts, history and ways to create XML document. the author has written the book at various levels. from basic to advanced depending on the need of the reader. this book can be used by the students of XML who want to start from scratch.
the author begins the book (chapter 1) by touching the salient features of the XML, its features, editor, and different implementations of XML in fields such as chemical markup language to name a few. the author has also explained about creating well formed documents, validating them against DTDs and XML schemas.
this book is an excellent book and I will be buying my cousin this book - he was looking for a good book on XML. I think it is a great honor to evaluate a book by this author.
ALl major topics are covered including basic XML, DTD's (both internal and external), XML Schemas, XSLT including XSL-FO and XPath - two things I haven't seen covered well elsewhere when talking about XSL., XPointers, XLinks, XHTML and the always handy RDF/RSS.
Server-side processing examples are mentioned in Java and while the introduction to Java was probably a bit unnecessary, when you have to demonstrate implementations, Java is probably best suited to the job being relatively cross-platform.
One aspect I particularly liked about the book was the graded way in which each topic was introduced. Enough basics of the topic were introduced early on so that you could get up to speed while enough advanced matter was also introduced further on so that you could really crank out some quality work or consult the specifications without getting hopelessly lost.
Overall and excellent work and I look forward to checking out 'Inside XSLT'
Most recent customer reviews
This is complete book of XML.