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if you really want to learn and use XML, read this book first
on April 12, 2015
This book is not by any means new - I found it helpful that it was written when XML was just getting started. You won't find information about Schema in it, because the book was written before that. What it does provide is a primer to XML, hence the title. It helped me to understand what I could actually use XML for, and what I couldn't. It's not a reference book. The examples actually make sense. The author also shows using XML to identify meaningful data within, for instance, a paragraph of text, rather than only "item1, item2,...". I already had a tiny bit of XML knowledge - as in was a chapter at the end of my HTML book in college. This was the first XML book I read and I'm glad I did. It is truly a primer to learning, really learning, about XML.