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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Sept. 29 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764547593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764547591
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #794,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Andy's review, he mentioned errors in the book. This is correct. Due to some software changes since its 2001 publication, there are some code bits that need to be adjusted to make things work.
While HungryMinds is no longer publishing under that label, they are part of Wiley and Wiley provides the needed info. This book's errata, which includes solutions for these issues, may be found at [...] .
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This is a great book for newbies like me, but there were a lot of errors (mostly incorrect names for associating files) that you have to figure out on your own. The errors occur once every 2 to 3 chapters, so it isn't too bad - just annoying. From what I've seen, the CD has the correct file names so there's some relief there. Unfortunately, the publishing company went out of business so you can't go to their website to get updates with corrections.
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If you are new to XML and wish to know how XML relates to HTML, DTD, XLST, XPATH, and XHTML, this should be your first book.
The book is clearly written in bite sized sections with quizes that follow. Each section reiterates concepts of prior sections to ensure you understand what you read.
I completed the book in less than the recommended 15 hours and can say than I have nearly 100% comprehension of the material.
I commend the authors on a job well done.
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Book Description
XML Weekend Crash Course is an excellent source for beginners and experienced users alike for learning or enhancing XML skills in just 15 hours or 30 well-thought out sessions. You will gain a thorough understanding of XML documents and learn what it takes to create working, viewable XML.

XML WCC will walk you through step-by-step on how to systematically apply each task in a building block manner. As you work through each chapter, you feel as if a trainer and coach is guiding you through the process. Key areas in the text that enhance the learning experience are the Tips, Notes, Time Clock Progress Icon, Explanations of the Task, Review, and the Quiz Yourself Questions at the end of each chapter. As XML becomes ever more prevalent for applications on the Web, XML WCC is definitely a must for those who need to know how to get started in creating XML documents.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but it has its quirks May 5 2004
By Anon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for newbies like me, but there were a lot of errors (mostly incorrect names for associating files) that you have to figure out on your own. The errors occur once every 2 to 3 chapters, so it isn't too bad - just annoying. From what I've seen, the CD has the correct file names so there's some relief there. Unfortunately, the publishing company went out of business so you can't go to their website to get updates with corrections.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Errata for this book - solving errors Andy mentioned May 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hello:
In Andy's review, he mentioned errors in the book. This is correct. Due to some software changes since its 2001 publication, there are some code bits that need to be adjusted to make things work.
While HungryMinds is no longer publishing under that label, they are part of Wiley and Wiley provides the needed info. This book's errata, which includes solutions for these issues, may be found at [...] .
60 of 71 people found the following review helpful
XML: Weekend Crash Course Oct. 28 2002
By David Dilts, Senior Technical Writer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Book Description
XML Weekend Crash Course is an excellent source for beginners and experienced users alike for learning or enhancing XML skills in just 15 hours or 30 well-thought out sessions. You will gain a thorough understanding of XML documents and learn what it takes to create working, viewable XML.

XML WCC will walk you through step-by-step on how to systematically apply each task in a building block manner. As you work through each chapter, you feel as if a trainer and coach is guiding you through the process. Key areas in the text that enhance the learning experience are the Tips, Notes, Time Clock Progress Icon, Explanations of the Task, Review, and the Quiz Yourself Questions at the end of each chapter. As XML becomes ever more prevalent for applications on the Web, XML WCC is definitely a must for those who need to know how to get started in creating XML documents.

What does this book cover?

- Using tags to label XML content
- Formatting XML documents for display in a Web browser
- Building applications around XML documents
- Understanding how XML documents are processed
- Learning several ways to create XML documents
- Learning the two major building blocks of XML documents
- Taking advantage of the many tools available for validating
- Attributes, uses, and benefits of DTD's (Document Type
Definitions)
- Learning about graphic types and options
- Simple transformations with XSLT and X Path
- Using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and applying XSLT style
sheets automatically
- Introduction to XML schemas
- Linking and querying XML documents

Book Info
Offers the novice and experienced XML user a solid foundation in understanding the key attributes and the applications of XML documents. Upon completion of XML WCC, users will feel confident in their understanding, application, and future development as they move forward in XML learning. Softcover.
This book includes a CD-ROM as well. The CD-ROM contains a self-assessment test, source code for session examples, software that can be installed, and links to other useful software.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Covers the material pretty well, but sloppy. Oct. 14 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall this is an decent place to start with XML. It covers what needs to be covered to get you up to speed, and most readers with any technical background could probably could do it at about the pace that the book advertises (15 hours to get up to speed on XML.) Organization and writing are mostly OK.

Hovever, the book is sloppy. It repeats itself in several places. Some editing notes are left in the text. One exercise is presented before giving proper background, so the reader doesn't even know how to do the exercise. Some obvious questions are left unanswered, leaving the reader feeling frustrated. Clearly the book was not 'street tested'.

Overall, if you can forgive the books faults, you are given a good grasp of the key XML concepts. This is par for the course, and so I give it 3 stars. It gives you the knowledge you need, but does so a sloppy way.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good crash course Aug. 23 2006
By Linda Rae Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I knew nothing about XML and needed to come up to speed quickly. This book served that purpose well. It starts with basic theoretical explanations and goes into some technical detail. It did not teach me "everything" I needed to know, but it did a good job of getting me started. I would recommend it for a novice with little to advanced technical background who needs to learn XML.

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