The Visual QuickStart Guide series from Peachpit Press is known for boiling topics down to the essentials and presenting them in an engaging, efficient way to get the reader up to speed quickly. In applying this model to XML, author Elizabeth Castro had her work cut out for her.
Fortunately for her readers, Castro has successfully identified the core components of XML and presented them in a streamlined way. XML for the World Wide Web doesn't tackle any of the advanced elements of XML technology, such as SOAP, SAX or integration with the Document Object Model (DOM). Instead, it focuses on teaching the basic nuts and bolts of creating XML documents, styling them and defining their structure.
This book moves at a fast pace. Document Type Definitions (DTD), for instance, get only 30 pages of coverage. This tight format is composed of simple examples that illustrate commands and concepts instead of pages of text. The pages are presented in a two-column format so that code fragments can be wisely placed alongside the step-by-step explanatory text. Each topic example is supplemented with one or more useful implementation tips.
For a true grasp on XML and all of its potential, you will need to follow up this introductory tutorial with more reading on the applications of the technology and case studies. But this little book is a great way to learn the basics of XML in a weekend. --Stephen W. Plain
Web-maven Elizabeth Castro, who has penned Peachpit books on HTML,Perl and CGI, and Netscape, now tackles XML--an indispensable toolfor creating personalized, updated content for each visitor on yoursite. Whether you build Web pages for a living or you're taking on anew hobby, XML for the World Wide Web contains everything you need tocreate dynamic Web sites by writing XML code, developing custom XMLapplications with DTDs and schemas, transforming XML intopersonalized Web content through XSLT-based transformations, andprofessionally formatting XML documents with Cascading Style Sheets.The real power of XML lies in combining information from varioussources and generating personalized content for different visitors.Castro's easy-to-follow graphics show exactly what XML looks like,and her real-world examples explain how to transform and streamlineyour Web-site creation process by automatically updating content.See all Product Description
I love "Visual Quickstart Guide" books because I'm a visual person. They're pretty much the only books that I can use to teach myself computer stuff. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2007 by A. Kiyomiya
This is a decent reference guide, but uncomfortably out of date. While the author keeps her site updated for latest changes, why buy a book when you need to read the most up to... Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Kawika
XML, as is explained in the book, is not ready for web pages. However, web page developments are evolving toward XML. Elizabeth Castro explains what that future would look like. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004
The first reference book I reach for.
Like most Peachpit books, this XML guide is low on fluff and high on useful, easy to understand info. Read more
I had high hopes for this book, But I have come away disappointed. I used Castro's HTML book to learn that language, and I was favorably impressed. Read morePublished on June 5 2003 by Amazon Customer
I've read some of Elizabeth Castro's other books and been fairly satisfied. Her strength has generally been showing basic material and then showing how it would look. Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by J. Hahn
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This is a book written by and for HTML coders. It doesn't teach the gist of XML or guide you to do anything that really needs XML. Read more
Great overall resource for learning and understanding XML. This is a great place to start if you're not sure how to use XML in your development endeavours. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003 by Robert N. Schroeter
This book is geared more towards the "For Dummies" crowd. It presents the basics and has an example for almost every concept it covers. It is also very cheap. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2002 by J. Hayes