Beginning XML

Beginning XML

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q_and_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Beginning XML" is a misleading title for this 1080-page tome. Only the first 250 pages fall into that category; the following 16 chapters are small tastes of various tools and uses for xml.It's hard to think of an audience optimally suited for this book. It's not for a complete beginner. While it does try to explain what the various xml applications and tools are, it would be easy to get lot in the sea of acronyms without previous exposure to them. Yet, if you recognize the acronyms, chances are you already know the basics of well-formed xml. Frustrating, many of these topics are necessarily linked; the chapter on XPath makes reference to XSLT, covered in the subsequent chapter.One of the book's strong points is the practical examples that make up a majority of each chapter; these are followed up with exercises whose answers are in the back. Unfortunately, some of these examples rely heavily on other languages, such as JavaScript, that aren't explained. As a book for beginners, it's unrealistic to expect the reader to be able to follow it closely."Beginning XML" is a decent introduction to the basics of xml, and tour of related tools and applications. The examples sometimes sacrifice clarity for the sake of impressing the reader, but with only 30-50 pages devoted to each topic, the authors only have room to inspire people to seek out other resources, rather than teach them much-- for better or worse.(Q)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.