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XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide [Paperback]

Elizabeth Castro
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Oct. 23 2000 0201710986 978-0201710984 1
[There is a new edition of this book: XML, Second Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide by Kevin Howard Goldberg (ISBN: 0-321-55967-3)]

Web-maven Elizabeth Castro, who has penned Peachpit books on HTML,Perl and CGI, and Netscape, now tackles XML--an indispensable tool for creating personalized, updated content for each visitor on your site. 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 to create dynamic Web sites by writing XML code, developing custom XML applications with DTDs and schemas, transforming XML into personalized Web content through XSLT-based transformations, and professionally formatting XML documents with Cascading Style Sheets.The real power of XML lies in combining information from various sources 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 streamline your Web-site creation process by automatically updating content.

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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

Topics covered:

  • XML documents
  • Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
  • Schemas
  • Namespaces
  • XSLT and XPath
  • Cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • XLink
  • XPointer

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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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Get Your Money's Worth Sept. 21 2007
Format:Paperback
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 less - Learn more"

I finished reading this book in two weeks (250 pages). It was definitely worth the money. It was my second attempt to teach myself XML after reading "XML Bible" (1015 pages....OUCH!). I liked this book much better because it explained XML with better examples.

Unfortunately, it could've explained the concept of XML a lot better. I had a difficult time understanding when and why to use DTD, Schema and XSLT. It's probably because XML is still a developing technology so it may not be necessarily this book's fault.

I loved the CSS section. It was a nice review of CSS. If you want to learn more about CSS, I recommend her book "HTML, XHTML & CSS" sixth edition by "Visual Quickstart Guide" (what else?).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but the first edition is very outdated May 7 2004
By Kawika
Format:Paperback
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 date info online anyway? The book is an excellent bargain, but a free online tutorial (on oreilly for example) is a much better deal. The best intro to XML book I've read is still Beginning XML (WROX--wait for the 3rd edition if you can, the 2nd edition is still more recent and more useful than the VQ guide).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Roadmap to the Future of Web Pages Jan. 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. This book is for you if you are thinking ahead in your web page development; I found it to be very helpful in understanding how XML will fit into the future. Don't bother reading it if you don't know and don't care what style sheets are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most useful June 23 2003
Format:Paperback
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. It gives me principles and examples in very helpful ways. Each example is worth my time, because Castro thinks them out carefully and makes them useful on more than one level.
XML continues to change, so I consider the publisher's website as part of the book. Their online updates are better than most.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Castro's HTML Book June 5 2003
Format:Paperback
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. I found the examples in that book easy to walk through, and I felt they did a good job explaining basic concepts and procedures. I also liked the fact that Castro brought a designer's perspective to the subject.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for this book. I have spent the better part of a day on its chapter on XSLT, and I don't feel like I have gotten a handle on the subject. I feel about the same way about XML schemas. I think XML may simply be a subject that requires a programmer's, rather than a designer's perspective.
The book could use a complete rewrite, particularly its walkthroughs, which I have had trouble following and making sense of. If you need to write style sheets, schemas, or anything else beyond the simplest XML, you are probably better served by another book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not like her others April 1 2003
By J. Hahn
Format:Paperback
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. I realize that XML isn't quite HTML, but where there should have been examples there were often things like, I.E. and Mozilla don't support this yet, so I can't show you how it should look. Perhaps the book shouldn't have been written yet, and maybe a later edition would be better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not worth your time March 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Money is OK.... :)
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. On the other hand, if you just want to understand some basics of XML (instead of DOING real things), I think it is better to find a review paper on XML instead, which will save you time and get the point easier. This author wrote a wonderful HTML book, but this XML one looks like a piggyback on the reputation earned there - may ruin it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Development Shops should have this book. Jan. 9 2003
Format:Paperback
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. The fact that its the only book i've needed (about xml) is a tribute to how well it's served us in our office.
Great background of the subject, and a great overview of DTD's a majore part of XML's scope. This book will definitly get you up to speed on the world of XML.
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