XML in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
A Desktop Quick Reference
By Elliotte Rusty Harold, W. Scott Means
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2002
Pages: 640

This powerful new edition provides developers with a comprehensive guide to the rapidly evolving XML space. Serious users of XML will find topics on just about everything they need, from fundamental syntax rules, to details of DTD and XML Schema creation, to XSLT transformations, to APIs used for processing XML documents. Simply put, this is the only reference of its kind among XML books.

Whether you're a Web designer using SVG to add vector graphics to web pages, or a C++ programmer using SOAP to serialize objects into a remote database, XML in a Nutshell thoroughly explains the basic rules that all XML documents -- and all XML document creators -- must adhere to, including:

  • Essentials of the core XML standards: With this book, you can develop an understanding of well-formed XML, DTDs, namespaces, Unicode, and W3C XML Schema quickly.
  • Key technologies used mainly for narrative XML documents such as web pages, books, and articles: You'll gain a working knowledge of XSLT, Xpath, Xlink, Xpointer, CSS, and XSL-FO.
  • Technologies for building data-intensive XML applications, and for processing XML documents of any kind: One of the most unexpected developments in XML has been its enthusiastic adoption for structured documents used for storing, and exchanging used by a wide variety of programs. This book will help you understand the tools and APIs needed to write software that processes XML, including the event-based Simple API for XML (SAX2) and the tree-oriented Document Object Model (DOM).
Quick-reference chapters also detail syntax rules and usage examples for the core XML technologies, including XML, DTDs, Xpath, XSLT, SAX, and DOM. If you need explanation of how a technology works, or just need to quickly find the precise syntax for a particular piece, this up-to-date edition is ready with the information.

XML in a Nutshell is an essential guide for developers who need to create XML-based file formats and data structures for use in XML documents. This is one book you'll want to close at hand as you delve into XML.

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By Jon Hardin

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Comments about O'Reilly Media XML in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition:

I am not a web designer, but rather a computer programmer. This book is tremendously helpful for someone like me, as it does not stop at the level of, "How can we use this in a website?". Rather, it extends far deeper that this, exploring the uses of XML as a means for storing database information, and as a way of manufacturing a portable file structure that, with the right parser, is just as versatile as Adobe's PDF format is for printed documents.

That said, this book will not teach you HTML, and some of the deeper sections, such as the chapters on schemas, APIs, DOMs, and database parsing assume knowledge of at least basic object-oriented programming, in a language like C++ or Java.

If you are familiar with at least simple XML, as explained in Oreilly's "Learning XML", though, the book will prove an indespensible reference for working with XML in whatever project you may be using it for, be it web design, database construction, or anything else that you can dream up.

 
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By Antonio Rodriguez of the Columbia Java Users Group

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The Nutshell series of books from O'Reilly have a special section of my desk established for them; no other set of books condenses so much information for reference. This book is no exception to this fact.

Before I continue, please avoid buying an O'Reilly Nutshell book expecting it to teach you about the topic it is intended for. As far as I've worked with them, these books are not intended as a do-all be-all that other references want to be. The information introducing you to XML is sparse, so if you don't know anything about XML, get another book. I recommend XML: A Primer by Simon St. Laurent; it is an excellent learning tool, and though it doesn't go into all the detail the XML standard can go into (no book I've found can do such), it provides the user with understanding of XML.

XML in a Nutshell is what I use when I've forgotten how to use a certain aspect of XML detail. As a reference and a second book on XML, nothing comes close

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