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This powerful new edition provides developers with a comprehensive guide to the rapidly evolving XML space. Serious users of XML will find topics on just about everything they need, from fundamental syntax rules, to details of DTD and XML Schema creation, to XSLT transformations, to APIs used for processing XML documents. Simply put, this is the only reference of its kind among XML books.Whether you're a Web designer using SVG to add vector graphics to web pages, or a C++ programmer using SOAP to serialize ...

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Overview

This powerful new edition provides developers with a comprehensive guide to the rapidly evolving XML space. Serious users of XML will find topics on just about everything they need, from fundamental syntax rules, to details of DTD and XML Schema creation, to XSLT transformations, to APIs used for processing XML documents. Simply put, this is the only reference of its kind among XML books.Whether you're a Web designer using SVG to add vector graphics to web pages, or a C++ programmer using SOAP to serialize objects into a remote database, XML in a Nutshell thoroughly explains the basic rules that all XML documents — and all XML document creators — must adhere to, including:

  • Essentials of the core XML standards: With this book, you can develop an understanding of well-formed XML, DTDs, namespaces, Unicode, and W3C XML Schema quickly.
  • Key technologies used mainly for narrative XML documents such as web pages, books, and articles: You'll gain a working knowledge of XSLT, Xpath, Xlink, Xpointer, CSS, and XSL-FO.
  • Technologies for building data-intensive XML applications, and for processing XML documents of any kind: One of the most unexpected developments in XML has been its enthusiastic adoption for structured documents used for storing, and exchanging used by a wide variety of programs. This book will help you understand the tools and APIs needed to write software that processes XML, including the event-based Simple API for XML (SAX2) and the tree-oriented Document Object Model (DOM).
Quick-reference chapters also detail syntax rules and usage examples for the core XML technologies, including XML, DTDs, Xpath, XSLT, SAX, and DOM. If you need explanation of how a technology works, or just need to quickly find the precise syntax for a particular piece, this up-to-date edition is ready with the information.XML in a Nutshell is an essential guide for developers who need to create XML-based file formats and data structures for use in XML documents. This is one book you'll want to close at hand as you delve into XML.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596002923
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliotte Rusty Harold is originally from New Orleans to which he returns periodically in search of a decent bowl of gumbo. However, he currently resides in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn with his wife Beth and dog Thor. He's a frequent speaker at industry conferences including Software Development, Dr. Dobb's Architecture & Design World, SD Best Practices, Extreme Markup Languages, and too many user groups to count. His open source projects include the XOM Library for processing XML with Java and the Amateur media player.

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Table of Contents

Preface

XML Concepts

Chapter 1: Introducing XML

Chapter 2: XML Fundamentals

Chapter 3: Document Type Definitions (DTDs)

Chapter 4: Namespaces

Chapter 5: Internationalization

Narrative-Centric Documents

Chapter 6: XML as a Document Format

Chapter 7: XML on the Web

Chapter 8: XSL Transformations (XSLT)

Chapter 9: XPath

Chapter 10: XLinks

Chapter 11: XPointers

Chapter 12: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Chapter 13: XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO)

Chapter 14: Resource Directory Description Language (RDDL)

Data-Centric XML

Chapter 15: XML as a Data Format

Chapter 16: XML Schemas

Chapter 17: Programming Models

Chapter 18: Document Object Model (DOM)

Chapter 19: Simple API for XML (SAX)

Reference

Chapter 20: XML 1.0 Reference

Chapter 21: Schemas Reference

Chapter 22: XPath Reference

Chapter 23: XSLT Reference

Chapter 24: DOM Reference

Chapter 25: SAX Reference

Chapter 26: Character Sets

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    THE definitive XML reference

    In my opinion, XML In A Nutshell is the definitive reference for XML syntax and use. I¿ve had this book on my desk since the first edition. Now at edition 3, this book just keeps getting better and better. It covers virtually every XML standard, provides lots of examples, and has a character set reference that I couldn¿t live without. Highly recommended for all XML questions. Like many of the ¿Nutshell¿ books, this book starts off with a lot of informational chapters, designed to give a high level view of many XML-related technologies. These chapters, while a bit vague in parts, are still very good and will answer most general questions. However, when you have a deeper question, the reference chapters in the second half of the book really shine. The reference material is well organized, making information easy to find and digest. Personally, my favorite chapters are the XPath Reference and the XSLT Reference sections. Anyone who works with XML on a daily basis should have this book at their desk. This is the one book to have on XML.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    XML in a Nutshell

    The organization of the book is great. Very useful and well written. It provides quick-reference syntax rules and usage examples for the core XML technologies, including XML, DTDs, Xpath, XSLT, SAX, and DOM. Develop an understanding of well-formed XML, DTDs, namespaces, Unicode, and W3C XML Schema. This new edition is the comprehensive XML reference. Serious users of XML will find coverage on just about everything they need, from fundamental syntax rules, to details of DTD and XML Schema creation, to XSLT transformations, to APIs used for processing XML documents. The initial chapter on SAX along with the reference chapter would give me a solid foundational base from which to work. If you need explanation of how a technology works, or just need to quickly find the precise syntax for a particular piece, XML in a Nutshell puts the information at your fingertips. I would recommend this book to someone interested in its topic. This book has earned a valued place on my reference shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    most will only need a subset

    How much XML do you need to know? Me, I read and write XML daily in my programs. But without having to support legacy data, I've found that I can use a very minimal subject to good effect. No mixed content, no attributes in tags, etc. So I can use SAX very easily. And I only need a small subset of this book. But chances are that you may not be in such an easy situation. You might have to transform XML data using XSLT. While conceptually simple, the details are complex. So the book's section on XSLT can be vital. Another usage context is when you have to do some kind of search within XML data. The purview of XPath, XPointer and XLink. More good stuff to lookup here for explanations. Harold writes fluently about XML. He has several other well received books on XML. So technically, you can rely on this book to get the details right. But few of you should need to know all of this book. XML has grown vastly, to serve increasingly different and specialised needs. The book tries to address the totality of these needs. So don't be intimidated if you see chapters that you are totally unaware of. I'm in the same boat as you, and so are many others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    Excellent reference

    Let me put it this way : I have the first edition, yet I just shelled out $36 for the second edition. 'Nuff said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    Honka Monka

    My bunny head is a cow. I ate cerial sixteen times in one evening once. Toots toots, bo bo goots. Im going to throw at your face some darts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Beautiful Reference

    The Nutshell series of books from O¿Reilly have a special section of my desk established for them; no other set of books condenses so much information for reference. This book is no exception to this fact.<P> Before I continue, please avoid buying an O¿Reilly Nutshell book expecting it to teach you about the topic it is intended for. As far as I¿ve worked with them, these books are not intended as a do-all be-all that other references want to be. The information introducing you to XML is sparse, so if you don¿t know anything about XML, get another book. I recommend XML: A Primer by Simon St. Laurent; it is an excellent learning tool, and though it doesn¿t go into all the detail the XML standard can go into (no book I¿ve found can do such), it provides the user with understanding of XML.<P> XML in a Nutshell is what I use when I¿ve forgotten how to use a certain aspect of XML detail. As a reference and a second book on XML, nothing comes close.<P>

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