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Concise, accurate and sharply focused, XML in a Nutshell is a complete introduction to the essentials of the XML standard. It aims to give software developers a full understanding of how XML works, and also provides a handy reference to the version 1.0 recommendation from the W3C (Word Wide Web Consortium).
In four parts, the first part introduces XML and covers the fundamentals, including chapters on Document Type Definitions, Namespaces, and Internationalisation. The next part focuses on XML as a document format, with coverage of XHTML, XSL transformations, XPath, XLinks and XPointer, and using CSS (Cascading Stylesheets) or XSL-FO (XSL Formatting Objects). Data transmission and programming are the focus of the third part, which explains the Document Object Model and introduces SAX (the Simple API for XML). The final part is the reference section, and covers XML 1.0, XPath, XSLT, DOM, SAX and character sets.
XML is a slippery subject. It is really a family of many related specifications, most of which are still evolving, and in addition most developers need to know about several XML applications alongside the core technology. This handbook sticks mostly to the core of XML, so you should not expect more than a mention of SOAP, SVG (Scaleable Vector Graphics), or MathML, to take three examples. It is disappointing to find hardly any coverage of the XML Schema language.
For what it does cover though, XML in a Nutshell is a masterpiece of compression, laying the foundations for an excellent understanding of XML and finding space for example code and apt comments along the way. --Tim Anderson
If your interested in this technology take a look around at the existent books and don't leave this book behind! -- Calgary Oracle Users Group, March 6, 2002.See all Product Description
This books starts out with a quick explanation and walkthrough or XML 1.0 specification that is pretty good. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by C. A. Sines
This is the only XML book I have - I skimmed through several and this one was far and away the best. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
I found this book useful for learning XML. Because XML offers a large variety of uses, this book is not well suited for beginners. pvr-consultingPublished on Aug. 19 2003 by Peter R.
The authors managed to compress an amazing amount of information in a very small amount of space, without affecting readability. Read morePublished on May 3 2003 by Foti Massimo
I have read part of the book and tried to use it as a reference, but always confused with the bad organization, not to mention some typo errors. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002 by Osama A.O.
This book continues the Nutshell tradition of putting a lot of information into a well-written, well organized format. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2002
I can't stress to you enough that this is the XML book of all XML books. I am NOT an expert in XML, but with this book, I can fumble my way through an XML application. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2002 by Brian Yager
This is a great book. Short and to the point. It covers a large amount of subject matter without needing thousands of pages to do it. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2002
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Antonio A. Rodriguez