XML: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition) Paperback – Dec 11 2008
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In the seven years since the first edition of “XML: Visual QuickStart Guide was published, XML has taken its place next to HTML as a foundational language on the Internet. XML has become a very popular method for storing data and the most popular method for transmitting data between all sorts of systems and applications. The reason being, where HTML was designed to display information, XML was designed to manage it.
This book begins by showing you the basics of the XML language. Then, by building on that knowledge, additional and supporting languages and systems will be discussed. To get the most out of this book, you should be somewhat familiar with HTML, although you don't need to be an expert coder by any stretch. No other previous knowledge is required.
“XML: Visual QuickStart Guide, 2nd Edition is divided into seven parts. Each part contains one or more chapters with step-by-step instructions that explain how to perform XML-related tasks. Wherever possible, examples of the concepts being discussed are displayed, and the parts of the examples on which to focus are highlighted.
The order of the book is intentionally designed to be an introduction to the fundamentals of XML, followed by discussions of related XML technologies.
• In Part 1 of the book, you will learn how to create an XML document. It's relatively straightforward, and even more so if you know a little HTML.
• Part 2 focuses on XSL, which is a set of languages designed to transform an XML document into something else: an HTML file, a PDF document, or another XML document. Remember, XML is designed to store and transport data, not display it.
• Parts 3 and 4 of the book discuss DTD and XML Schema, languages designed to define the structure of an XML document. In conjunction with XML Namespaces (Part 5), you can guarantee that XML documents conform to a pre-defined structure, whether created by you or by someone else.
• Part 6, Developments and Trends, details some of the up-and-coming XML-related languages, as well as a few new versions of existing languages.
• Finally, Part 7 identifies some well-known uses of XML in the world today; some of which you may be surprised to learn.
This beginner's guide to XML is broken down as follows:
• Chapter 1: Writing XML
• Part 2: XSL
• Chapter 2: XSLT
• Chapter 3: XPath Patterns and Expressions
• Chapter 4: XPath Functions
• Chapter 5: XSL-FO
• Part 3: DTD
• Chapter 6: Creating a DTD
• Chapter 7: Entities and Notations in DTDs
• Chapter 8: Validation and Using DTDs
• Part 4: XML Schema
• Chapter 9: XML Schema Basics
• Chapter 10: Defining Simple Types
• Chapter 11: Defining Complex Types
• Part 5: Namespaces
• Chapter 12: XML Namespaces
• Chapter 13: Using XML Namespaces
• Part 6: Recent W3C Recommendations
• Chapter 14: XSLT 2.0
• Chapter 15: XPath 2.0
• Chapter 16: XQuery 1.0
• Part 7: XML in Practice
• Chapter 17: Ajax, RSS, SOAP and More
About the Author
Kevin Howard Goldberg has been working with computers since 1976 when he taught himself BASIC on his elementary school’s PDP 11/70. Since then, Kevin’s career has included management consulting, lead software development and in his current capacity, he runs technology operations for a world-class Internet Strategy, Marketing and Development company.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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My very first programming book was the "Perl and CGI" Quickstart book from this same series in about 14 years ago. I loved that book, and it turned out to be my first stepping stone to IT. This book continues with that tradition as it helped me quickly figure out how to reverse-engineer a simple XSD schema needed to import a vendor's XML data feed to SQL using SSIS.
In any case the examples are easy to follow, the author does a great job of breaking things down into nice digestible chunks. If you're looking to take your XML to the next level this is not the book for you, if you are however looking for a solid foundation to build from I would certainly recommend this book without hesitation.