XML Pocket Consultant

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Build and support dynamic, Web-enabled documents with this indispensable guide to XML. This pocket-sized resource zeroes in on the latest XML standards and technologies, including Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL), XML schemas, XLink, and XPath—delivering critical details through quick-reference tables, step-by-step instructions, lists, and code samples. It’s the precise information you need to solve problems and get the job done—no matter ...

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Overview

Build and support dynamic, Web-enabled documents with this indispensable guide to XML. This pocket-sized resource zeroes in on the latest XML standards and technologies, including Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL), XML schemas, XLink, and XPath—delivering critical details through quick-reference tables, step-by-step instructions, lists, and code samples. It’s the precise information you need to solve problems and get the job done—no matter what kind of content you want to get on line!

GET FAST FACTS TO:

  • Understand XML fundamentals, including naming rules
  • Describe data structure using DTDs
  • Achieve greater power and flexibility with XML schemas
  • Get at-a-glance reference to schema declarations
  • Use namespaces to avoid naming conflicts
  • Create rich formatting with XSL stylesheets
  • Build links to and extract database information
  • Structure XML data dynamically using XSL Transformations and XPath
  • Create hypertext references with XLink and XPointer
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Got an XML problem? Need quick snippets and answers to solve it right now? We've seen two excellent XML quick references: CodeNotes for XML and this one, from Microsoft Press.

William R. Stanek's XML Pocket Consultant is both crystal clear and wonderfully succinct. It covers all the core XML technologies and standards that matter most: XML itself; schemas, namespaces, XLink, XPath, XSL, and XSLT. And all of its coverage is based on final approved standards, unlike some XML books you might have hanging around.

Stanek starts with the basics: XML naming rules, elements, attributes, entities, comments, and processing instructions. He carries you all the way to some pretty sophisticated XSL/XSLT solutions -- increasingly important if you're building or supporting end-to-end XML solutions. For example, in addition to covering templates and output formats, he presents structures for conditionally processing portions of XML documents, and a full chapter on manipulating strings, Booleans, and numbers from within XSLT or XPath.

By the way, while schemas get most of the attention these days, many developers still have good reasons to use DTDs; XML Pocket Consultant includes very detailed coverage of both alternatives -- much more than its competitor, CodeNotes for XML. On the other hand, if you also need detailed coverage of DOM, SAX, or CSS, you'll probably choose CodeNotes instead. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey–based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735611832
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/16/2002
  • Series: Pocket Consultant Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

William R. Stanek has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He has written nearly 100 books including: Microsoft Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Server 2008 Inside Out, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition, and Microsoft IIS 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (all from Microsoft Press). He also wrote MCSE Core Exams in a Nutshell and Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide for O'Reilly.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

XML Essentials

Chapter 1: Introducing XML

Chapter 2: XML Document Structure

DTDs and Namespaces

Chapter 3: Creating DTDs

Chapter 4: XML Elements in DTDs

Chapter 5: XML Attributes in DTDs

Chapter 6: XML Entities and Notations in DTDs

Chapter 7: XML Namespaces

XML Schemas

Chapter 8: XML Schemas

Chapter 9: Defining Simple Types in Schema

Chapter 10: Specifying Datatypes and Restrictions in Schema

Chapter 11: Defining Complex Types in Schema

Chapter 12: Content Models for Schema Declarations

XSLT and XPath

Chapter 13: XSL Transformations and Formatting

Chapter 14: XPath Operators and Expressions

Chapter 15: Branching and Control Functions

Chapter 16: Variables and Parameters in XSLT

Chapter 17: Working with Strings, Booleans, and Numbers

Chapter 18: Restructuring Input Documents and Manipulating Document Subsets

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2002

    Top-notch!

    I've used a lot of XML books over the past few years, but this is the only book that I can honestly say is useful and accurate! I was extremely impressed with the thorough coverage of the issues, especially XSLT. This one book is quickly replacing several other references as my favorite--I only wish I'd discovered this book before I bought those others. I recommend this book highly to anyone who's working with XML and XSLT.

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