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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (May 20 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588457
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #521,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An ideal beginner's guide to XML! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

See how XML works for business needs and RSS feeds

Create consistency on the Web, or tag your data for different purposes

Tag — XML is it! XML tags let you share your format as well as your data, and this handy guide will show you how. You'll soon be using this markup language to create everything from Web sites to business forms, discovering schemas and DOCTYPES, wandering the Xpath, teaming up XML with Office 2003, and more.

Discover how to

  • Make information portable
  • Use XML with Word 2003
  • Store different types of data
  • Convert HTML documents to XHTML
  • Add CSS to XML
  • Understand and use DTDs

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If you take a close look at the use of XML in today's business world, you soon recognize that pinning down a single, definitive use for XML is nearly impossible. Read the first page
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By LB on Oct. 30 2002
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I agree with a previous reviewer's observation that portions of the book are verbatim repeats (dare I say cut-&-paste?). I wonder what the ethical implications for such a practice might be (careful IDG, though the cover reads "Dummies," your readers are not).
There seemed to be a lot of twoddle in this book ("twoddle" is a Charlotte Mason term meaning, all fluff, little substance).
I appreciate IDG's attempt (through the Dummies series) to make technology accessible to the masses. I thought Lowe's Networking for Dummies was very good.
Unfortunately, the silly content becomes a liability, particularly as you progress through one of these books. Cutesy prose can be as obstructive as the ostentatious white-paper puffery the Dummies series attempts to avoid.
Until IDG does a revision, I recommend borrowing this one from the library, and read it with a mindset to skim.
IDG, take this one back to the drawing board (no disrespect intended toward the author).
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I wish I could have read reviews before buying this book. Then I would have looked for another title.
The best of the Dummies coding books provide a soup to nuts process for building and implementing applications with the technology being discussed. This book doesn't come close to being that useful.
At best, this book does function list descriptions of various pieces involved in XML communication. At best, this may increase your familiarity with the more indepth concepts you will need to find elsewhere. The function descriptions are linked to each other solely by verbal transitional phrases.
The book does not provide hands on tutorials on the core effort required to support XML. That is, the effort required to create and run the code and view the results.
Even worse, the book sidesteps describing the infrastructure required to operate XML communication. There is really no discussion about how to automatically produce, transmit, receive, parse, and process the XML.
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If you have any experience (even if it's only a tiny amount) with web development or programming find another book on XML. I bought this book not knowing anything about XML but knowing HTML and basic Javascript, VBScript, etc. I just wanted to understand what all the fuss was about concerning XML. I read the first 75 pages of this book before I even understood what XML was (that's about a fifth of the book). It took me many pages to understand that XML was designed for storing data (the same way a database is used) but you use other technologies/languages to present that XML data to a user on a web browser (for example, by using CSS, XSL, etc). Basically I had a lot of questions about XML and this book answered very few of them. The author repeats much of the information over and over but never goes into any depth on a particular subject. The first 125 pages could have been condensed to about 30. There are plenty of books out there on XML--some of those books have to be better than this one. It's a little cheaper possibly than some other books, but you get what you pay for.
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By A Customer on June 15 2000
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This is the first time I've been thorughly disappointed by a "Dummies" book. The greatest value I got from the book was the explanation of Cascading Style Sheets. I saw no examples of how css or xsl affected the appearance of the xml document. In fact I saw no XML documents (using an xml extention) on the CD.
I don't think the author and his cohart in crime (and this was a serious crime based on what I paid verus what I got out of it) really did a serious analysis of the "Dummies" book audience.
When I buy a "Dummies" book I expect to get a simplified version of an explanation. I got more out of the W3C documents he pointed out. I also expect a little time be spent on exercises that let me create a document or two while guided by instructions in the book. This wasn't the case.
I suggest to anyone thinking they might want to buy this book; don't. Find another source of information written at the "Dummies" level. You'll be happier than I am.
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I'm usually not harsh about books, but this has got to be one of the worst computer books I've read. Admittedly XML is a complex topic to discuss, but another book "XML: A Primer" by St. Laurent does a much better job at showing the reader how XML works and is constructed. This book, in contrast, fails to show the poor reader what exactly XML is about -- and can do, and how one goes about developing actual XML applications. I mean, there are the code samples and explanations and everything, but after reading it I could not remember a single thing about XML. (I had to buy "XML: A Primer" to start all over again.) It's the rare kind of bad books that leave you unable to describe what you've just read.
The book won't do as a primer, nor will it do as a reference. I suggest that you find a copy and read it first before deciding whether to buy it.
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Even having the background suggested by the authors, this book was not for me. Some of the background of XML is presented but beyond that the book fails. Chapter 3 is confusing in many places unless you know SGML (not a requirement according to the authors). Chapter 4 stops before providing any useful information -- no examples; you are left to read the XML specification. Production errors (e.g. wrong examples used) make this book even more time consuming to grasp the material presented. I found a series of partially explained concepts that left me wondering if any topic would ever be presented sufficiently to understand. Midway through Chapter 6 I decided to find a better way to spend my time. Perhaps it gets better later. I wish I had read reviews before purchasing this book.
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