Steve Holzner Real World XML (2nd Edition)

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Real World XML (2nd Edition)

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9780735712867: Real World XML (2nd Edition)

Steven Holzner's friendly, easy-to-read style has turned this book (formerly known as Inside XML) into the leading reference on XML. Unlike other XML books, this one is packed with hundreds of real-world examples, fully tested and ready to use!

Holzner teaches you XML like no other author can, covering every major XML topic today and detailing the ways XML is used now--connecting XML to databases (both locally and on web servers), stying XML for viewing in today's web browsers, reading and parsing XML documents in browsers, writing and using XML schemas, creating graphical XML browsers, working with the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and a great deal more. Real World XML is designed to be the standard in XML coverage--more complete, and more accessible, than any other.

"The author's approach is definitely bottom up, written in a highly personable tone. He makes efficient use of example code, which sets this book apart from many I have read in the past. His examples bring to life the code without overwhelming the reader, and he does not present any examples for which the reader has not been prepared. In addition, no prior knowledge of XML is assumed. As such, this is an excellent book for both beginners and intermediate level web designers and programmers. Experts, too, will find this book of value, due to its emphasis on real world applicability. Overall, this book will benefit all web developers and programmers, with a special emphasis on beginner and intermediate developers."--Donna A. Dulo, MS, MA, Senior Systems Engineer, U.S. Department of Defense

"This book will provide a brilliant basis for anyone wishing to keep up to speed with the new XML developments."--Mr. Andrew Madden, Department of Computer Science, University of Wales

"I found this book's strengths to be: its exhaustive specification reference for the conscientious developer; access to the official specs, which is key; the wide variety of choices provided for all aspects of XML; several alternatives provided for each editor, browser, parser, stylesheet transform engine, and programming language; and working examples that show the power of the tools used."--Jaime Ryan, Software Developer/Documentation Manager, Blue Titan Software

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Review:

Inside XML is an intelligent and easy-to-follow guide to today's proliferating XML standards. Aside from being a road map to the latest and greatest in what's on the horizon with XML, this book gives you what you need to know to be productive with existing XML tools right now.

The tour begins with an introduction to the XML used in real-world applications (like the Chemical Markup Language, CML, and the Vector Markup Language, VML [for graphics]). While many books give you the basics, this one excels at explaining the conventions of designing robust XML document types in detail. With dozens of short examples, you'll learn XML conventions thoroughly, including some of the best practices for creating readable, maintainable content. The author highlights certain lines of XML code, so it's easier to see what's important.

After 200 pages of in-depth material on how to design XML documents, the book turns to using XML in actual browsers (both in Netscape and Internet Explorer). This practical focus means that you get to explore available Microsoft tools and how they sometimes differ from official W3C standards.

Subsequent sections turn to related XML standards, like XLinks and XPointers. Each section lists Web links to the latest online documents, but the emphasis isn't on theory so much as on what you can do right now. You'll learn how to use Java with XML, including navigating the XML Document Object Model (DOM) using IBM's XML for Java (XML4J) package. The tutorial explaining the Simple API for XML (SAX) does a great job of explaining the advantages of this popular tool.

Final chapters delve into displaying XML with several existing standards, including XHTML (for Web browser content), VML (for drawing shapes), and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) for allowing XML-based content searching. Final sections look at combining XML with Perl and Java (through servlets and JSPs) and give a glimpse at wireless content created with the Wireless Markup Language (WML).

Suitable for any developer or IT manager who needs to understand and use XML, Inside XML provides an authoritative yet approachable source of information on a fast-changing set of standards that are almost sure to revolutionize computing over the next few years. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered:

  • Comprehensive introduction to XML basics and tools
  • Designing XML documents (including "well-formed" XML, tags and elements, and attributes and namespaces)
  • Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
  • Entities and attributes (including design documents)
  • XML Schemas (using Internet Explorer)
  • Introduction to JavaScript
  • Using JavaScript with the XML Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • Overview of basic Java programming
  • Parsing XML with IBM's XML for Java (XML4J)
  • Java and the Simple API for XML (SAX)
  • XSL transformations (XSL style sheets and XSL formatting objects)
  • XLinks and XPointers
  • Introduction to XHTML
  • The Resource Description Framework (RDF)
  • The Microsoft Channel Definition Format (CDF)
  • The Vector Markup Language (VML)
  • Using XML with Java
  • Perl and ASP on the server
  • Quick introduciton to the Wireless Markup Language (WML)
  • Reference to the XML 1.0 Specification

From the Publisher:

It was our goal in publishing this book to provide a book that is both comprehensive and accessible - as possible for a single book on XML can be. You shouldn't need any other book at this scope and level because this book brings you the most popular and important implementations out there today. Full of hands-on practical solutions, this book is full of examples and tested code ready to be used.

XML is an exciting technology and the author has worked hard to capture in this book the passion and artistry found with XML. We are committed to this book and will continue to work hard in making it the best resource available to you. Please help us in our goal and let us know what you think by emailing us at nrfeedback@newriders.com

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