XML: Visual QuickStart Guide

XML: Visual QuickStart Guide

by Kevin Howard Goldberg
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XML: Visual QuickStart Guide by Kevin Howard Goldberg

What is XML? XML, or eXtensible Markup Language, is a specification for storing information. It is also a specification for describing the structure of that information. And while XML is a markup language (just like HTML), XML has no tags of its own. It allows the person writing the XML to create whatever tags they need. The only condition is that these newly created tags adhere to the rules of the XML specification.

In the seven years since the first edition of “XML: Visual QuickStart Guide” was published, XML has taken its place next to HTML as a foundational language on the Internet. XML has become a very popular method for storing data and the most popular method for transmitting data between all sorts of systems and applications. The reason being, where HTML was designed to display information, XML was designed to manage it.

This book begins by showing you the basics of the XML language. Then, by building on that knowledge, additional and supporting languages and systems will be discussed. To get the most out of this book, you should be somewhat familiar with HTML, although you don’t need to be an expert coder by any stretch. No other previous knowledge is required.

“XML: Visual QuickStart Guide, 2nd Edition” is divided into seven parts. Each part contains one or more chapters with step-by-step instructions that explain how to perform XML-related tasks. Wherever possible, examples of the concepts being discussed are displayed, and the parts of the examples on which to focus are highlighted.

The order of the book is intentionally designed to be an introduction to the fundamentals of XML, followed by discussions of related XML technologies.

• In Part 1 of the book, you will learn how to create an XML document. It’s relatively straightforward, and even more so if you know a little HTML.

• Part 2 focuses on XSL, which is a set of languages designed to transform an XML document into something else: an HTML file, a PDF document, or another XML document. Remember, XML is designed to store and transport data, not display it.

• Parts 3 and 4 of the book discuss DTD and XML Schema, languages designed to define the structure of an XML document. In conjunction with XML Namespaces (Part 5), you can guarantee that XML documents conform to a pre-defined structure, whether created by you or by someone else.

• Part 6, Developments and Trends, details some of the up-and-coming XML-related languages, as well as a few new versions of existing languages.

• Finally, Part 7 identifies some well-known uses of XML in the world today; some of which you may be surprised to learn.

This beginner’s guide to XML is broken down as follows:
• Introduction
• Chapter 1: Writing XML

• Part 2: XSL
• Chapter 2: XSLT
• Chapter 3: XPath Patterns and Expressions
• Chapter 4: XPath Functions
• Chapter 5: XSL-FO

• Part 3: DTD
• Chapter 6: Creating a DTD
• Chapter 7: Entities and Notations in DTDs
• Chapter 8: Validation and Using DTDs

• Part 4: XML Schema
• Chapter 9: XML Schema Basics
• Chapter 10: Defining Simple Types
• Chapter 11: Defining Complex Types

• Part 5: Namespaces
• Chapter 12: XML Namespaces
• Chapter 13: Using XML Namespaces

• Part 6: Recent W3C Recommendations
• Chapter 14: XSLT 2.0
• Chapter 15: XPath 2.0
• Chapter 16: XQuery 1.0

• Part 7: XML in Practice
• Chapter 17: Ajax, RSS, SOAP and More

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132104319
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 04/26/2010
Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

Kevin Howard Goldberg has been working with computers since 1976 when he taught himself BASIC on his elementary school’s PDP 11/70. Since then, Kevin’s career has included management consulting, lead software development and in his current capacity,  he runs technology operations for a world-class Internet Strategy, Marketing and Development company.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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XML (Visual QuickStart Guide Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
mamandejumeaux More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the basics of XML, this book has it covered.

It details the parameters of XSL, DTD, XML Schema, and Namespaces with easy-to-follow visual examples and instructions. I also found the sections on W3C's latest recommendations, XML in practice, and the latest editing tools especially helpful.

IMHO, the book¿s content and value far exceeds the outlay.
reynolds_43 More than 1 year ago
Gone through few chapters of the book & loved it. Exactly what I (an IT professional with over a decade of experience but minimal XML exposure) was looking for -- a reference to bring me up to speed quickly so that I could read & understand existing XML constructs and converse intelligently about them with colleagues.
djkentuckyham More than 1 year ago
Truth be told, I do not work as a Web developer, but on a daily basis my job has me in contact with business clients and Web application developers. My clients require robust Web applications, my developers make it happen. Because of legacy data issues, shared disparate databases, and the need for them to handshake; XML Web services have become a standard solution in many commercial Web solutions. Though I am somewhat familiar with the basics of XML I wanted to go deeper to better myself and better my knowledge in client/tech conversations. What I did not want to do is to go so deep as to read a monster 1000+ page tome that would require weeks of book study, application and befuddlement.

Instead, Mr. Goldberg¿s book provided me a concise break down the structure of XML markup language in a detailed/digestible enough manner to keep me engaged and participatory. Each chapter cleverly builds on previous topics, so as to provide a pyramid learning approach. This enabled me to go deeper than before into the more arcane areas of the language (XPath patterns, functions, expressions, XSL-FO, DTD¿s, schemas, etc.) so it could be more easily understood.

If you are new to XML, curious, or need enough to know to be dangerous in your job, then this book is for you. BTW, I highly recommend that you download his chapter samples so as to follow along and to tinker with. I read the entire book in a weekend and returned to work on Monday loaded for bear. Now I keep it at my desk for easy reference.
mikeypweiss More than 1 year ago
XML? HTML? XHTML? So many letters, so many meanings. As an amateur programmer I was really confused about XML. For one, why do I need to know it? What does it really do? Is it important? I am happy to say that I am no longer confused. Mr. Goldberg's writing style and his use of real world examples (using the Wonders Of the World was brilliant) not only put me at ease, but allowed me to fully understand what XML is, when to use it and more importantly HOW TO USE IT.

I am a huge fan of Peachpit. Their books read well and to be honest feel good in my hands (high quality printing and paper). I checked to see what else Mr. Goldberg has written and it seems this is his first book for Peachpit. I hope they plan to have him write more!
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