- Series: Demystified
- Paperback: 221 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 17, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072262109
- ISBN-13: 978-0072262100
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,124,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fast and easy way to learn XML
Start programming in XML right away using this easy-to-follow guide. XML Demystified explains how to build XML web applications that work on any platform or browser. Step-by-step instructions with lots of examples help you learn quickly.
This one-of-a-kind self-teaching text offers:
- An easy way to understand XML
- A quiz at the end of each chapter
- A final exam at the end of the book
- No unnecessary technical jargon
- A time-saving approach
The book begins by introducing you to the building blocks of XML. Then, you'll learn about XML documents, document type definitions (DTDs), XML schema, XLink, XPath, XPointer, XSLT, XML parsers, RSS, XQuery, and MSXML. Featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this book will have you creating XML applications in no time.
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, XML Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this powerful programming language.
About the Author
Jim Keogh is on the faculty of Columbia University and Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey. He developed the e-commerce track at Columbia University. Keogh has spent decades developing applications for major Wall Street corporations and is the author of more than 60 books, including J2EE: The Complete Reference, Java Demystified, ASP.NET Demystified, Data Structures Demystified, and others in the Demystified series.
Ken Davidson is a Columbia University faculty member in the computer science department. In addition to teaching, Davidson develops applications for major corporations in both Java and C++.
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Contents: XML - An Inside Look; Creating an XML Document; Document Type Definitions; XML Schema; XLink, XPath, XPointer; XSLT; XML Parsers and Transformations; Really Simple Syndication (RSS); XQuery; MSXML; Final Exam; Answers to Quizzes and Final Exam; Index
At 221 pages, this is not an authoritative reference for everything involving XML. And that's a *good* thing. Keogh and Davidson zero in on the basics of each of the XML technologies, and they do a wonderful job of explaining things in terms any developer can understand. Rather than try and explain every option and nuance of a command or feature, they tell you what it does, how it works, and they show an example. If you work through the material as they present it, you'll end up with a solid understanding of the 90% of XML that you'll use on a regular basis. The other 10% is where you'll head off to buy the 1000 page reference manual to look up that arcane parameter that your co-worker used just because they read about it before you did... :)
I personally was impressed at how they were able to clearly present XSLT in a way that made it obvious. Same with XLink and XPath... I've read the large books and walked away somewhat more confused than when I started. XML Demystified could easily be the starting point for many XML beginners, and I'm pretty sure that you'll end up with the results you were after...
2. It is absolutely riddled with typos and inaccuracies. As is the norm with the Demystified Series, one-two authors have put out like 5-6 books in a 2 year span. This just means that it feels rushed and unedited. Many, many typos. For a student, it's maddening b/c the book gives up any semblance of trust that the reader has in the author. If I think there's a mistake in the book, I can truly doubt whether it's another typo or if it's me who is wrong or if the author doesn't know what he's talking about. And there is no errata section 3 years after the fact. They just want to make a quick buck.
3. It is a waste of time b/c Elizabeth Castro's book XML for the WWW written in 2000 or 2001 and I am 10 pages into it and it's already going to be light-years better. I will likely buy the 2008 version that is coming on in September 2008.
4. The majority of the books in this entire series get poor reviews and I believe that the HeadFirst series is better. They're basic but you can actually learn a few things. I think that this book doesn't make anything clearer about XML for me.
If you look for a book about programming and using XML in yor applicationlook elsewhere but if you just need to get fast some basic understanding of XML it gives a good start.
Taking into account that many computer books on web applications start with an assumption that you "have a basic understanding of XML" this book will help you to attain this level very fast.
This book will teach you something about both DTD and XML Schemas, but also about XPointer, XPath and XQuery and even how to use a Saxon parser.
So to sum it up good and fast read but very basic.