Learning XML, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2003
Pages: 418

This second edition of the bestselling Learning XML provides web developers with a concise but grounded understanding of XML (the Extensible Markup Language) and its potential-- not just a whirlwind tour of XML.The author explains the important and relevant XML technologies and their capabilities clearly and succinctly with plenty of real-life projects and useful examples. He outlines the elements of markup--demystifying concepts such as attributes, entities, and namespaces--and provides enough depth and examples to get started. Learning XML is a reliable source for anyone who needs to know XML, but doesn't want to waste time wading through hundreds of web sites or 800 pages of bloated text.For writers producing XML documents, this book clarifies files and the process of creating them with the appropriate structure and format. Designers will learn what parts of XML are most helpful to their team and will get started on creating Document Type Definitions. For programmers, the book makes syntax and structures clear. Learning XML also discusses the stylesheets needed for viewing documents in the next generation of browsers, databases, and other devices.Learning XML illustrates the core XML concepts and language syntax, in addition to important related tools such as the CSS and XSL styling languages and the XLink and XPointer specifications for creating rich link structures. It includes information about three schema languages for validation: W3C Schema, Schematron, and RELAX-NG, which are gaining widespread support from people who need to validate documents but aren't satisfied with DTDs. Also new in this edition is a chapter on XSL-FO, a powerful formatting language for XML. If you need to wade through the acronym soup of XML and start to really use this powerful tool, Learning XML, will give you the roadmap you need.

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5.0

Great book for learning XML

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    Comments about oreilly Learning XML, 2nd Edition:

    After I'd started reading, I could hardly stop. This book never got boring. Mr Ray covered all aspects of XML I felt necessary to know. Even I - English not being my mother's tongue - could understand. The book is decorated with fun examples. All I would have wanted more are a few words more on the topic of W3C XML Schema.

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    5.0

    This is a good book for anyone who want to be an XML professional

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    Comments about oreilly Learning XML, 2nd Edition:

    I started with the first edition and bought also its 2nd edition. It is a great book to start with, whether you a beginer to XML or you are already an XML developer. If you have some programming background, this will speed up your process to take on all XML related techologies.

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    Learning XML, Second Edition

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    O'ReillyLearning XML, Second Editionby Erik T. RaySecond Edition September 2003ISBN: 0-596-00420-6416 pages, [$] USFor the longest time, I had heard about XML and all it could do, but never what it was. I had many misconceptions about what it did and how it worked. My little head thought that for all of the hype, it must be some super complex programming language, not something as simple as a formatted document looking very similar to HTML. When I finally figured out what XML was, I started looking online at the various sources that attempted to explain what XML was, but then they got into XPaths, XSLT, SAX and DOM, but with little to no explainations. I almost gave up on XML because I figured out how to form an XML document, but how the heck was I to get that information and make it useful? Enter O'Reilly's Learning XML. In very clear, organized language (a common trait of almost all O'Reilly books) XML and all of it's basics were laid out before me. XSLT, XPath, XPointer, Schemas and more are all covered. The first three chapters are probably the most important to read straight through because they give you the basics of XML structure. Each subsequent chapter is organized so that you can reference them as needed to do what you need to do. The book assumes that you know nothing of XML and builds from there at a good pace. It wasn't so slow that I got bored, nor was it so fast that I felt lost.Learning XML, Second Edition met my needs for successfully teaching me the fundamentals of XML in a non-language/platform specific manner. I would recommend to anyone with little or no knowledge of XML. From reading this book, I now feel confident incorporating XML into some of my future projects.

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    An excellent guide for gaining an understanding of the fundamental concepts that comprise XML. I have been implementing XML for several years (SVG, XHTML, even creating custom schemas), but did not realize how incomplete my knowledge of related concepts (particularly DTDs, XSL, and XSL-FO) truly was until I found this book. The detailed information on creating new document types via DTDs, XML schemas, RELAX NG, and Schematron (and the differences between them) is vital for those seeking to expand the horizons of their document systems, while the guides to using XPath and XPointer apply to anyone referring to one document from another. Learning XML is a must-read for novices and veteran implementors alike.

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    Nice book but where have the online examples/code gone?

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