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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.
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on March 23, 2001
If you want a look at XML, but don't want the development details, this is the book to add to your collection.
This book discusses many case studies to put the XML technology into a practical perspective. Some of the business apllications described in the book include databases, EDI, and new markup languages, as well as E-business.
After reading this book, you will understand XML from a corporate context and you will be better equipped to make decisions about the technology.
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on July 24, 2001
Especially if you're in the IT field or seeking to break into it (lots of interview fodder here). Most books start with the differences between XML and HTML, how to create a valid XML document, intro the DTD, etc. Simon explains why we need XML! In clear, concise, readable prose, the author explains XML's practical applications. He does an admirable job of conveying XML's importance in terms of ecommerce and B2B applications.
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on April 17, 2001
This is a good book for people and students who want an overview of XML. There are many, many examples of where businesses have used XML. And there are many examples of different XML vocabularies.
Some XML books are technical with only a little big picture ovoerview. I like this book because it helped me understand and explain why someone would want to use XML. Highly Recommended.
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on February 12, 2003
I'm really tired of e-business people coming to me with comments like "I can't see why we can't do ..." and other comments which reflect the absolute lack of technical interest e-business people show for what should be their profession. This book continues this sad tradition. I imagine its effect is to fire up over-enthusiastic MBAs to make XML programmers lives misery.
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on April 17, 2001
Simon writes with a twinkle in his eye, as he explains the technical aspects of XML in business terms. His business focus provides a general understanding to both business people and college students. His large number of examples and metaphors will also prove useful for others who are trying to explain the amazing powerful of the XML technology.
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on March 27, 2001
If you need to explain XML to management read this book or if you are management read this book. Solid information with just the right slant to make the impact of XML understandable for the non technical person. The snippets of humor interspersed between the chapters kept a grin on this reader's face as the material was absorbed!
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on March 20, 2001
This book is a well-written non-technical introduction to the advantages of XML for managers and any staff not in a technical area. It explains how you can use this knowledge to make intelligent decisions about applying XML to effectively leverage the benefits of this new technology in your business.
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on April 24, 2001
If you are in business and IT, read this book. Go elsewhere to learn how to program XML. Read this to learn WHY you need to understand XML, its applications, its potential -- make a wise, informed business decision (and if you don't use it, be prepared to explain why not).
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on March 19, 2001
So many XML books today are either too high level or too low level. This book gives a very good forest level view of what XML is, why it's such a big deal, where it's going, and how it can help my organization.
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