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Learning XML

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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XML has grown into such a diverse set of technologies that it s almost impossible for newcomers to get their hands around it. Fortunately, there s a solution: Erik T. Ray s Learning XML, Second Edition.

This book presents an outstanding birds-eye view of the XML landscape. It s definitely not a programming book (though it does introduce some ke

Paperback, Second Edition, 400 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by O'Reilly Media (first published January 8th 2001)
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Don Massenzio
A great beginner's book. I was brand new to XML and this book helped me to systematically learn it and put it into practice.
A book that explains XML in a way that actually makes sense.
Nick Black
Rather incomplete and example- rather than axiom-based, this book did little but confuse me and send me lurching back to the web. I believe I acquired it via trading a six-pack of Newcastle to David Maynor many years ago, as I'd never have bought a computer book so clearly non-mathematical in its leanings. Furthermore, the author is Eric T. Ray, which is a bit too close -- a single-step translation and a contiguous deletion of degree 4, as we say in the protein-sequencing racket -- to venerable ...more
I recently dove into a web development project using XML for the first time and gleaned a lot from various tutorials on the web and other Googling. This book was what brought all that together in my brain and helped me solidify my understanding of XML, especially the nuances of XPath. I haven't read it all the way through but it serves as an excellent reference for me as I learn and experience more about XML technology.
It was a pretty good introduction to XML and transformations, but some of the explanations were backwards (i.e. starting with how to do something rather than what it describes). Some of his information went too in-depth and a bit off-topic (e.g. spending too many pages describing css). Otherwise, it really helped me better understand certain issues concerning XML creation.
Jennifer Short
Seemed like more of a reference book than a beginner book. Many of the examples made assumptions about your level of understanding with other programming languages. Some of the information was good, but I found myself using another beginning book and the web more often.
Good book describing XML from the beginning, its capabilities and limitations, overviewing basic XML-applications and technologies like XPath, XSLT etc. and different XML-processing tools to use in programs.
Scott Duede
Unfortunately, this is considerably out of date, so the part about XSL will need to be supplemented. I'm tired of reading about document formatting right now, though, so that will have to wait.
Good for a history and basic specifications, but a lot of the information is out of date. Worth reading the first 3 chapters.
Good introduction to XML and XML related technologies like DTDs, XML Schema, XSLT and XPath.
Sep 23, 2009 Odile added it
Reviewing skills from Library School. Shades of Jen Meyer!
TK Keanini
Great introduction as you would expect from O'Reilly
Jul 13, 2008 Sasha added it
Recommends it for: people who want to learn about XML
Recommended to Sasha by: Taras Carpiac
Shelves: technical
Want to know what XML is? Here you go.
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