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The worst tech book I've ever read...
on July 13, 2003
and I've read quite a few. At least the authors of "HTML for dummies" or whatever don't imagine that they are genuises setting the world on fire.
This book is pretentious, repetitious, phenomenally boring, and completely useless. It consists of little but vacuous management-speak sentences. For example what is one to make of
"A process is something that someone wants to accomplish, including the flow of actions from start to completion"? In the world of normal people, a process is a means to an end, not an end in itself. But the book is riddled with this sort of meaningless juxtaposition of jargon.
There is no point so trivial that this book doesn't feel it's worth repeating at least ten times. There is no technical detail about XML so trivial that this book feels it should include. If you feel that saying that XML uses a tree structure is well illustrated with a picture of what looks like an actual christmas tree (as opposed to something with nodes and edges) then this is probably the book for you. But if you have the slightest interest in the technicalities of XML (even if your interest is limited to ecommerce and management level issues), don't waste your time. Typing XML into google and reading ten random hits will teach you more.