Website Architecture and Design with XML
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2010
Run time: 21 hours 32 minutes

Take your web design skills to the next level with XML, and learn how to use the content behind the site to drive the information, navigation, and design of a full-featured website. In this 10-session video course, you’ll build a professional website from the ground up by focusing on back-end structure and information to create brilliant front-end design and functionality. You’ll learn how to architect your content once for use in multiple formats and venues: the Web, desktop, mobile devices, and PDF.

Presented by creativeLIVE in partnership with O’Reilly, each session offers easy-to-follow, hands-on lessons. Learn how to build structured content bases that control HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Discover how to update your information easily, and then create your site and other publications with the push of a button. This video package is ideal for web professionals of all stripes who want to create their own ideas, rather than just implement the ideas of others.

You’ll learn:

  • Competitive analysis techniques to slice up the competition and create a content architecture and site design that puts you on top
  • Concepts and skills that are critical to designing for Drupal, Wordpress, SharePoint, or any other content management system
  • Information structure to define and master the content and navigation on your site
  • XML Schema design to create binding rules that control your content
  • XML Instance coding to transcend pages and create a true content base
  • XML Transform coding to access your content base and automatically create any site design you can imagine
  • A new way to look at websites, mobile delivery, PDF and any other output that will put you ahead of other designers
  • How to create your own ideas, rather than just implementing the ideas of others

You’ll get access to all ten sessions, including slide presentations and examples. Each session was presented live during ten consecutive weeks in October, November, and December 2010, and you can now download all the videos and example files, which include presentation slides, tip sheets, code and sample eBook chapters.

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    5.0

    Excellent Instructor & Course

    By Lesley

    from Maryland

    About Me Artist, Designer, Developer, Photographer

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Website Architecture and Design with XML:

      Excellent course, great pace for both the novice and expert. Bob is an incredible teacher - he explains technical matter so that anyone can understand. The fact that most of our classes ran over shows his dedication and enthusiasm for both teaching as well as the subject matter. I'm looking forward to building my own xml system now.

      I hope that Bob will teach more courses.

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      2.0

      Too academic and repetitious

      By darla

      from new york

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      • Incredibly repetitious
      • Too academic
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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Website Architecture and Design with XML:

      I gave it only 2 stars because it didn't meet my expectations for a course of this kind.

      Bob is a very good speaker/instructor but he emphasizes and reiterates a lot of academic topics I personally didn't want to spend all that extra time on. Seems like a third or more of each session is devoted to theoretical review of previous topics. After the first couple of sessions, my eyes started glazing over, not because of the complexity but because of sheer boredom at this relentless review of topics and definitions.

      Bob says that he only uses XML as an example for teaching information architecture (he could be using databases just the same), but that's essentially my problem with this course. To use databases as example, I was hoping for something equivalent to, say, how to set up websites in Drupal, regardless of the theory of relational databases, i.e., I wanted to get quickly to the point, which is the practical aspects of the technology rather than belabor the various theoretical principles. (I am not opposed to theoretical/academic learning, just don't feel this is the place for it.)

      Also didn't enjoy the part of using Oxygen as a teaching tool. Personally, even though I'm not a programmer, I'd have preferred to see coverage of the actual XML rather than dealing with the Oxygen interface. I get it that Oxygen provides a visual illustration of what we're doing, but it also hides things under the hood, making the course less useful in real world terms.

      I think if there was more emphasis on simply 'doing it', the course could have been half the length and much more practical and/or interesting.

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      4.0

      Content A+. Service C-

      By Kate

      from New Jersey, USA

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      Content was great - Bob is a wonderful instructor!

       
      5.0

      Excellent Class

      By Sheri

      from CA

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          I have taken a few classes from O'Reilly and while I have liked them all, this one is the best class I have taken. The instructor is enthusiastic and very knowledgeable without hesitation when answering questions and explaining. I would like to see more classes from this presenter.

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          5.0

          Great class

          By C the developer

          from Bay Area

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Website Architecture and Design with XML:

            Bob is a great instructor who is extremely knowledgeable with website architecture design and XML.

            He throughly explained what is schema, instance and transform; the relationship among the three clearly. He also compares the differences between xml and relational database from time to time.

            He understands how students learn and drills down the complex concept over and over again in different ways.

            I learned so much from his class and feel so fortunate to be in his class!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Excellent Course, Solid XML Foundation

            By Kate

            from Chicago, IL

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Website Architecture and Design with XML:

              This is a great course for gaining a solid foundation in XML and how schemas, transforms, and XML infobases interact and interrelate. It provides excellent hands-on opportunities so that you can really learn how to use XML. Bob is a wonderful teacher and teaches at a nice level where the dilettante and highly skilled can learn side-by-side.

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