Beginning XMLby David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Jon Duckett
You'll learn XML
Now firmly established as a mature technology with numerous applications, XML has spawned additional functionalities, each with its own specifications. This edition of the highly popular guidebook for beginning XML programmers teaches you not only what XML is and how to use it, but also how it partners with XPath, XSLT, XQuery, XHTML, and others.
You'll learn XML basics, then explore an XML-based programming language that enables you to transform XML documents into different formats. You'll discover how to query databases for XML information, publish XML documents on the Web, and create interactive forms and graphics with XML. By the end of this book, you will feel confident applying XML in real-world situations.
This book is for any programmer interested in learning to use XML. Some knowledge of Web programming or data exchange techniques is helpful but not necessary.
If you’re a programmer who’s only now encountering XML, you do have one advantage: The pioneers have already taken the arrows for you. It’s easier to assess when XML makes sense. There are now best practices for using it. And there’s now a very well thought out beginner’s guide to using it when it does make sense.
Beginning XML, Third Edition teaches XML’s foundational concepts while introducing contemporary techniques for processing, communication, database integration, display, and programming. Along the way, the authors illuminate a wide range of technologies, from SAX to RSS, WSDL to SVG.
To help you apply all that, they wrap up with two start-to-finish case studies. In one, you’ll use PHP to work with XML documents; in the second, you’ll construct a complete XML-based web service with Microsoft’s .NET. Not bad for a “beginner”! Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.
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David Hunter is a Senior Technical Consultant for CGI, a full-service IT and business process services partner. Providing technical leadership and guidance for solving his clients' business problems, he is a jack-of-all-trades and master of some. With a career that has included design, development, support, training, writing, and other roles, he has had extensive experience building scalable, reliable, enterprise-class applications. David loves to peek under the hood at any new technology that comes his way, and when one catches his fancy, he really gets his hands dirty. He loves nothing more than sharing these technologies with others.
Jeff Rafter is an independent consultant based in Redlands, California. His focus is one emerging technology and web standards, including XML and validation. he currently works with Baobab Health Partnership with a focus on improving world health.
Joe Fawcett (http://joe.fawcett.name) started programming in the 1970s and worked briefly in IT when leaving full-time education. he then pursued a more checkered career before returning to software development in 1994. In 2003 he was awarded the title of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in XML for community contributions and technical expertise; he has subsequently been re-awarded every year since. Joe currently works in London and is head of software development for FTC Kaplan Ltd., a leading international provider of accountancy and business training.
Eric van der Vlist is an independent consultant and trainer. His domains of expertise include web development and XML technologies. He is the creator and main editor of XMLfr.org, the main site dedicated to XML technologies in French, the lead author of Professional Web 2.0 Programming, the author of the O'Reilly animal books XML Schema and RELAX NG and a member or the ISO DSDL (http://dsdl.org) working group focused on XML schema languages. he is based in Paris and can be reached at email@example.com , or meet him at one of the many conferences where he presents his projects.
Danny Ayers is a freelance developer and consultant specializing in cutting-edge web technologies. His blog (http://dannyayers.com) tends to feature material relating to the Semantic Web and/or cat photos.
Jon Duckett co-authored Wrox Press' first book on XML in 1998. After 4 years with Wrox in the UK, Jon is now a freelance web developer working with clients in the UK, US and Australia, and has co-authored 10 programming books.
Andrew Watt has been programming for 20 years, including 10 years work with the Web. He has several books in the areas of XML and XSLT to his credit and is well known for his work on XML.com.
Linda McKinnon has more than 10 years of experience as a successful trainer and network engineer, assisting both private and public enterprises in network architecture design, implementation, system administration, and RP procurement. She is a renowned mentor and has published numerous Linux study guide for Wiley Press and Gearhead Press.
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I bought this book at local B&N bookstore. The authors need to update this book. Also, the authors spend a whole page to explain a thing that could be explained in one or two sentences. If they update and bring it up to the latest W3C recommentatins, it should be great.