XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition
Extensible Markup Language
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2001
Pages: 112

XML, the Extensible Markup Language, is the next-generation markup language for the Web. It provides a more structured (and therefore more powerful) medium than HTML, allowing you to define new document types and stylesheets as needed. Although the generic tags of HTML are sufficient for everyday text, XML gives you a way to add rich, well-defined markup to electronic documents.The XML Pocket Reference is both a handy introduction to XML terminology and syntax, and a quick reference to XML instructions, attributes, entities, and datatypes. Although XML itself is complex, its basic concepts are simple. This small book combines a perfect tutorial for learning the basics of XML with a reference to the XML and XSL specifications. The new edition introduces information on XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) and Xpath.

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XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

By Douglas Rowe From the Columbia Java Users Group

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One of my favorite little books to keep on my desk. I can't believe how much good stuff they got in this tiny book. Not a tutorial or educational book, but if you kind of know your way around XML and just need to check syntax or XSL method names, this is the book for you.

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XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

By Doug Domeny

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I refer to this book all the time. For such a small book (under 100 pages), it does an excellent job of covering the core XML technologies. The book is an excellent reference for DTD, XSLT, and XPath, which is essential for XSLT templates. Good, short samples are provided. It also covers XPointer and XLink, but I haven't used those yet.

The TOC is a page and a half and their isn't any index, but I haven't had any trouble finding the information I need quickly.

 
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XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

By Donald W. Larson

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"XML Pocket Reference"

Paperback, Second printing, 96 pages

By Robert Eckstein with Michael Casabianca

Published by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.

Copyright © April 2001

ISBN: 0-596-00133-9

Review written: October 22, 2001

By Donald W. Larson

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XML is becoming the lingua franca for exchanging information between computer systems. Many Java technologies implement XML as a way to establish properties. XML is a way to disseminate records from databases to XML-aware applications at-large. I found this second edition book to be most helpful and sits beside me as I work on my computer.

The book provides practical examples and then fully explains using those example's line-by-line in most cases. Overviews provide well-rounded understanding as the reader proceeds. The book's index is extensive and most helpful.

Topics include the complete description of DTD's, elements, entities, and attributes. It cleared up some confusion I had about default namespaces and should make it clear to anyone else too.

There are very good updates on XSL and XSLT. The definitions and examples are very clear. More than half of the book delves into the details of the newest XML technologies.

This edition better covers Xlink, XPointer, and XPaths topics, although as in the first edition,the author points out these are changing rapidly and may be out-of-date even at the time of printing. The book serves as a handy encyclopedia of terms and definitions concerning XML.

The only complaint I have is that this book is missing the index! It is very difficult to believe that a publisher of technical books can include an index in the first edition and omit it completely in the second edition. Who is proofing these books? I can recommend the www.wordco.com company, they can provide complete indexes as needed.

If you are learning about other technologies that incorporate XML, I recommend this book as a companion during your reading, learning, and understanding its uses.

Rating: 6 out of 10

This rating is my own personal value system and as such is very subjective. I think a rating of 5 means I would read finish reading a book. A rating of 10 would indicate I had trouble putting a book down and have no complaints at all about it.

With an index I would have raised the rating to over 9.0. Instead I had to downgrade it to 6. I look forward to a third edition that contains a complete index and the latest information.

 
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XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

By Pete Nelson

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Comments about O'Reilly Media XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

A light-weight approach to a often heavy-handed topic - this is one of the best 'pocket' books I've read! This pocket reference provides an overview of XML, DTD, XSLT, XLink and XPointer in a relativly easy to follow style. I will admit, I needed to read this book a couple of times before 'getting it'. But with only 102 pages, it was easy enough to do! I think that's how this book succeeds where other XML primers fail - this book provides concise information without a lot of overhead, and really explains XML and what you can do with it. This was the best $10 of knowledge I've ever invested in!

 
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XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

By K Vainstein

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Comments about O'Reilly Media XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

Where's the index ?!?

The 1st edition had one, the 2nd doesn't - is this because O'Reilly wants to produce *less* valuable products, or what ?

And don't you people "unpost" this review.

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XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Review

By Mike

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Comments about O'Reilly Media XML Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition:

The text is definitive. It covers the XML spec

and provides good examples of XML usage. For the

price of this book how can one go wrong?

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Mike

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