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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Oct. 23 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201710986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201710984
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,363,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is a decent reference guide, but uncomfortably out of date.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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By A Customer on Jan. 19 2004
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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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By customer on June 23 2003
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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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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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By J. Hahn on April 1 2003
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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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By A Customer on March 13 2003
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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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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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