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Professional XML 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

From document type definitions and XQuery to Web services and form development, this book takes you through all of the XML capabilities that companies want to implement today. It not only covers the basics of XML and the XML specification, but also shows you the XML-based applications that are driving the tech industry forward, such as blogging and alerts.

Professional XML first guides you through the steps for utilizing XML and XML-based presentation technologies. It next delves into the steps you can follow to transform and program your XML documents. You'll then discover best practices for integrating XML with Ajax, the .NET Framework, Java®, and more. Integrated throughout the chapters, you'll also find proven tips and techniques on how to apply the discussed technology so that you can continue to build the best possible applications.

What you will learn from this book

  • All about the XML specification and its related technologies
  • Ways to define the structure and data types of an XML document

  • How to build and work with XML documents using a number of different developer tools

  • Tips for using RELAX-NG, XSLT, XPath, XML-DOM, and more

  • How to effectively use RSS and Atom to aggregate data

  • Techniques for integrating advanced Web services into your applications

Who this book is for

This book is for developers who have a general understanding of programming technologies, such as C# or Java, and are looking to add XML to their architecture.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Bill Evjen is an active proponent of .NET technologies and community-based learning initiatives for .NET. He has been actively involved with .NET since the first bits were released in 2000. In the same year, Bill founded the St. Louis .NET User Group (www.stlnet.org), one of the world's first such groups. Bill is also the founder and former executive director of the International .NET Association (www.ineta.org), which represents more than 450,000 members worldwide.
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Bill is an acclaimed author (more than 13 books to date) and speaker on ASP.NET and XML Web services. He has written or co-written Professional C# 2005; Professional VB 2005; and the best-selling Professional ASP.NET 2.0, as well as ASP.NET Professional Secrets, XML Web Services for ASP.NET, Web Services Enhancements: Understanding the WSE for Enterprise Applications, Visual Basic .NET Bible, and more. In addition to writing, Bill is a speaker at numerous conferences, including DevConnections, VSLive, and TechEd. Along with these items, Bill works closely with Microsoft as a Microsoft Regional Director and he has received the Microsoft MVP designation for many years.
Bill is the technical Architect for Lipper (www.lipperweb.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reuters, the international news and financial services company. He graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, with a Russian language degree. When he isn't tinkering on the computer, he can usually be found at his summer house in Toivakka, Finland. You can reach Bill at evjen@yahoo.com. He presently keeps his weblog, www.geekswithblogs.net/evjen.

Kent Sharkey is an independent consultant who lives and codes in the midst of the wilds of Vancouver Island. Before going solo, Kent worked at Microsoft as a technical Evangelist and Content Strategist, promoting the use of .NET technologies. When not coding or writing, he's off hiking, biking, or canoeing (or exploring the wilds of Azeroth). He shares his house with his wife, Margaret, and two "8220;Children," Squirrel and Cica.

Thiru Thangarathinam is a Microsoft MVP who specializes in architecting, designing, and developing distributed enterprise class applications using .NET-related technologies. He is the author of the books Professional ASP.NET 2.0 XML and Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Databases from Wrox press and has coauthored a number of books on .NET-related technologies. He is a frequent contributor to leading technology-related online publications.

Michael Kay is widely known in the XML world as the developer of the Saxon XSLT and XQuery processor, and as the editor of the XSLT 2.0 specification. His Wrox books XSLT 2.0 Programmer’s Reference and XPath 2.0 Programmer’s Reference are regarded as the definitive guides to these languages. Michael runs his own company, Saxonica, which develops the Saxon technology and provides support and consultancy for XSLT and XQuery users. His background is as a software designer creating database products for a mainframe manufacturer. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading (UK). In his spare time he sings and plays croquet.

Alessandro Vernet co-founded Orbeon in 1999, which makes Orbeon Forms, an open source product to build and deploy sophisticated forms on the Web. He is one of the authors of Professional Web 2.0 Programming and is a member of two W3C Working Groups: the XForms and XML Processing Model Working Groups. Before co-founding Orbeon, Alessandro was at Symantec as part of the VisualCafé team, working on their next-generation RAD for web applications. He holds an MS/CS from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and since 1998 lives in the incredibly energetic Silicon Valley.

Sam Ferguson is a Project Manager with API Software, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, based in Glasgow, Scotland. Sam, who lives in Ayrshire, specializes in SQL Server, Microsoft Office Server System 2007, .NET, and all XML-related technologies. In what little spare time he has, Sam enjoys playing golf and is an avid fan of the Glasgow Rangers.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471777773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471777779
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was trying to pick a book to fill in the gaps (chasms) in my XML experience, I routed around in the amazon percentage, (what percent of people bought this book, what percent bought other books.) This one seemed to have a good go-to ratio, and on one of the other books, the review referred to this one. I bought it second hand and got an excellent price. I am pleased. It reads easily and has a useful index.

With that said, this 800+ page book includes:

XML Basics: Syntax, Editors, Other tools
Presentation: XHTML and CSS
Defining Structure: DTDs and Schemas (and Relax NG)
XML as Data: the template translator XSLT, XPath, and XQuery
XML in the Data Tier, relation to relational DBs
Programming XML: the XML Document Object Model (DOM), Simple API for XML (SAX) ,and yes Ajax, XML and .Net, XML and Java, Python, Ruby, and Perl
XML Services: RSS and Atom, Web services
Advanced Web services
more stuff including 30 pages of XML in Office Development.
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XML is everywhere today. Before reading this book I had a good understanding of XML but after finishing it I can say that I have a deep understanding of the subject. The book covers XML, XSLT, XHTML, CSS, XSL-FO, different XML schemas, XSLT, XPath, XQuery in great detail using very comprehensive hand-on examples. It goes further on covering AJAX, XML and .NET, XML and JAVA. The books includes a very detailed explanation of SOAP, WSDL and Web Services. It also introduces Resource Description Framework and the Semantic Web.

This book is for anyone that wants to get a deep understanding of XML. It is not a light introduction. It is not a book for platform specific Web Services implementation (ex. WCF)
I recommend it for everyone who really wants to understand XML for professional use.
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human and machine readable format for encoding documents that works well on web design (Extensible Markup Language)
XML file format makes communications between different machines possible. This is a Text book.
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It should have covered the namespace topic more extensively.
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